Writing the Point of View of Your Stories - Lessons and Exercises

Point of view is a vital element in literature. Its role has to do with allowing the reader to “see” or “hear” what is going on. It provides a picture for the reader in his or her mind and can even make the reader feel as if they are part of the story.

There are varieties of point of view, depending on how the author wants their story to be read. For example, if the writer wants a character to narrate the story, they will use words such as "I", "me", and "myself". This is an example of first person point of view. Other points of view include second person and third person.

It is also important for the writer to ask himself or herself, "How do I choose which point of view to use in my story?"

Examples will give student writers ideas of how to use point of view in their work.


Different Points of View in Writing

Lesson duration: 15-20 Minutes

In this lesson, different points of view (PoV) will be discussed. There are 1st person, 2nd person, and 3rd person points of view, but student writers will learn the difference of singular and plural PoV, too.

A story must be read in a consistent perspective so that the reader can keep track as to who is talking. Also, it can make the writing readable.

Definitions and several bullet points will follow for the student writer so the lesson will be more understandable.

Using Points of View in your Story

Lesson duration: 5-10 Minutes

The second lesson to this section focuses on teaching the student writer how to decide which point of view they want the story to be narrated from.

This will review over the different points of view and how each point of view can change a story in its entirety.

Points of view help the reader look at detail, ideas, and emotion from the author. So, it is up to the author on how they would like to share their message.


A worksheet for the first lesson

Different Points of View - Exercises

These exercises include a matching drill to practice the pov definitions, and a "fill in the blanks" drill, to practice using the correct pronouns according to the given point of view.

A worksheet for the second lesson

Using Points of View - Exercises

There are three types of exercises here:
The first one is composed of open-ended questions.
The second one gives you five-word cues to write your own story, letting you choose the appropriate point of view.
The third drill asks you to think of five stories you know, and write what points of view were used in these stories.