Point of View


This week’s COW Writing Challenge is a this visual prompt, plus the written prompt, “There it is!  My archenemy, the . . .”

We are asking students to imagine they are the cat . . . or are they the toy?  They are to tell what happens from one of these points of view.  Possibly, they could write two stories– one from each point of view.

This writing challenge provides students with an opportunity to explore an important element of writing in the first person.  Choosing to have one of their characters narrate the story leads to the following questions regarding Point of View:

Which character is best able to tell the story?

How would the story be different if it was told by a different character?

How reliable is the narrator of your story?  Does she or he see things objectively, or do they see things subjectively, with their strong opinions influencing the telling of the story?

A great activity is to have students write the same story twice– each told from a different character’s point of view.  This can be particularly powerful when the two characters are archenemies.  Great examples of literature that use point of view effectively include:

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Origami Yoda Series by Tom Angleberger

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

From my point of view, this can be a really interesting writing activity!