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7th Grade Language Arts / Lesson 4.2: First Person Point Of View

First Person Point of View (POV)
What Will I Learn Today?


  • In this lesson you will :

    1. Definition of first person point of view
    2. Clues to help you identify first person point of view


Questions to Keep in Mind


    1. What is first person point of view?
    2. How can I distinguish it from other types of point of view?
    3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using first person point of view?


Definition - Point of View (POV)


  • Point of view : The angle from which a story is told.

  • Stories are told from the point of view of the narrator.

    1. The narrator of a story can be character in the story or an outside observer.
    2. If the narrator is a character in the story, he/she may be a major character or a minor one.


First Person Point of View (POV)


    When first person POV is used :

    1. the events are told from inside the story.
    2. the narrator is a major or minor character in the story.

    Hints the story is being told from first person POV :

    1. narrator refers to himself as "I" or "me".
    2. He/she uses other first person pronouns like "we," "us," or "our."


Advantages of Using First Person POV
1. The reader gets the story directly from one of the characters.

2. If the narrator is one of the major characters the story may be happening to him/her.

3. Readers get an "up close and personal" view of the story.

4. They not only know what the narrator knows, but they also know what the narrator thinks and feels.


Disadvantages of First Person POV
Disadvantages :

1. The reader sees only what the character sees. If the character is a minor one, the reader may learn very little about the story.

2. The character can tell the reader his/her own feelings, thoughts and observations, but can't tell what other characters are seeing, thinking, and feeling.

3. The reader had to decide for him or herself what the other characters are thinking.

4. The reader has to decide for him or herself if the narrator's impressions can be trusted.



Can you:

  • Define first person point of view?
  • Identify first person point of view in a story?
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of using first person point of view?


    If the answer yes, return to the lesson
    If the answer is no, review these slides.