Point of View Panel


Tip: Point of View Panel

How do I do it?
In order for students to understand that people have different points of view about the same topic or text, students can analyze an event from different perspectives.  Choose an event and the corresponding opinion from a text and illustrate it on chart paper (cartoon format is fine).  For example, in an informational text about worms, “Worms are strange creatures.”  Next make character signs (with card stock cards, a hold punch, and string) that will likely have different opinions or perspectives about the event, for example, a police officer, the president, the school’s principal, a ghost, a chair etc.  Be creative and choose people or objects that will help illustrate different perspectives for particular events (be sure to sketch a symbol or picture to remind language learners of the .  Volunteers will choose a character sign, sit at the front of the room facing their classmates and explain what they think about the event written and sketched on the chart paper.  As needed, provide sentence starters like, “I believe...” “I think...” “I disagree...but...”  “I agree...but...” etc.  Facilitate the class discussion to clarify similarities and differences in points of view about the same event.

Variations & Extensions
Keep the chart posted as a support to students when they are talking about their opinion.  Invite students to create additional characters or roles to play stating an opinion about the event.  Alternatively, as a more explicit and engaging opener, seat all students in a circle.  Stand in the center of the circle and explain that students are to watch but not talk.  Perform a task with a set of procedures or multiple steps (knitting a row, hammering a nail into a board, stacking blocks in a particular pattern etc.)  Then ask students to take turns describing what you were doing, why and if they liked it or not.  Talk about the different descriptions and opinions and explain the same is true of how we think about what we read.

Common Core ELA Writing Reading Standard 6
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


1 Comment


August 17, 2014

I really like this activity and it’s presentation. Can’t wait to try it out with something relevant for my esl learners.

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