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    When  a writer begins a new story he must decide:

"Who will tell my story?"

 

                                          
        


An author can tell a story from the
first-person
point of view.

OR    

The author can use the
third-person
point of view.

 

Let's look at both points of view.


 First-person
Point of View

 A character in the story is
 the narrator.  This
 character is telling the
 story.  The narrator uses
 the pronouns
I, me and
 we
.

 In first-person point of
 view, readers learn about
 events as the narrator
 learns about them.

           boy writing     
 

 
 Third-person
Point of View

 The story is being told by
 an outside observer
 (someone who is not in
 the story).  The author uses
 the pronouns
he, she, and
 they
.

 In third-person point of
 view, the author can tell
 about the thoughts,
 actions, and feelings of
 the other characters.      

              person writing
 

              Examples
  
    First - Person Point of View

 I walked home from school today with my
 friends.
We stopped for ice cream.  I had
 vanilla. It's
my favorite.
   boy with ice cream cone
 When I got up this morning I brushed
 my
  teeth.  Then I got dressed and ate my
 breakfast. 

 

toothbrush
  

        Third - Person Point of View

 Ted plays on a baseball team. 
He loves
 to play with
his team.  He has a game
 next week. 
His coach thinks he's a
 good baseball player.

 

baseball player 

 The princess was locked in the tower. 
 She
had no way to escape.  She hoped
 that a prince would rescue
herHer wish
 came true. 
He came and took her to his
 castle.

 

   crown

Click on the flower to practice identifying the author's point of view.

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