Directions: Today you will take each type of narration and maintain its components by continuing to write the story that has been introduced. To do so, we need to review what first, second, and third person point of view entail.
First Person Point of View: This type of narration is when YOU tell the story, similar to how you may write in a journal, and you use the following pronouns: I, me, my, mine, our, ours, us, we
Example #1: I was sitting on the beach one day when it all happened. My friend from high school, whom I had not seen in years, was suddenly approaching me from the sandy shore. My first thought was where had she been all this time?
Second Person Point of View: This type of narration uses the pronouns you, your, yours while describing a scene that does not include you as the writer.
Example #2: You walk into a dark alley, which you realize was not the best choice. You suddenly decide not to risk it, and you turn to head back to your car. But something stops you before you can move.
Third Person Omniscient Point of View: This type of narration is the most flexible, and it allows you to tell a story from the outside looking in. You, as the writer, are not in the story itself, but you can get into the minds of each character if you would like. (Note: The word omniscient is defined as knowing everything.)
Pronouns you could use would be: he, his, her, hers, his, their, theirs, it, its, himself, herself, itself, them, themselves
Example #3: The concert arena was filled with thousands of excited spectators. They had just been informed by the DJ that one lucky guest would win a backstage pass to meet the band, while another would win a bag of t-shirts, CDs, and other fan gear. Simone and her friends held onto their tickets tightly, each one waiting to see if her seat number would be selected as the winner tonight.
Important Note: Third Person Limited Point of View differs from the above omniscient point of view in that while you are still not in the story, you can only allow the reader to know the thoughts of one of the characters. (You are limited to selecting only one character whose thoughts and feelings you can reveal.) We will not be using this viewpoint in today's exercises, but we will in the future!
Now...go back to Example #1, which is listed above, and use it as a story starter. Continue to write a story using the correct point of view shown in that example. Do this with Examples #2 and #3, as well. Each story should continue from the viewpoint used in the introductory sentences. This is the same type of activity that we have done all year with story starters and photo prompts--except this time, we are focusing on point of view in particular!
In the end, you will have three different pieces of writing that were completed in three different viewpoints. The stories can be as long or as short as you would like, but please remember to maintain the point of view that is consistent with that particular exercise!
As always, enjoy the process! I know you will do well with this activity, and I cannot wait to read the stories you will tell!
Be sure to type each story into the box on our Writing Page, include your email address, and hit Submit when you have finished! You can submit one story at a time or all three of them at once! The box will extend as you type, so you do not have to worry that the length of your story is greater than what the box can hold!
Thank you so much for working so hard this summer! Have a great day!