Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.



  • point of view
  • dialogue
  • thought

  • perspective
  • expression
  • feeling, emotion

  • voice
  • opinion
  • reason

what's this 
  • Understanding different points of view in a story indicates that students have added specific terms to their academic vocabulary such as voice, perspective, feeling, emotion, expression, opinion, and dialogue.
  • Students who are beginning to understand point of view can think about and explain what they would do if placed in a situation similar to the main character of the read-aloud or of the story they are reading.
  • Students who understand different points of view will read a story out loud and use a different voice for each character when reading dialogue.
  • Students who can acknowledge different points of view of characters can tell a story from the points of view of the different characters. For example, they can tell the story of the Three Little Pig from the perspective of the big, bad wolf.
  • Students who can acknowledge different points of view of characters can write or tell what they think other characters, other than the main character, would do if faced with the same situation (conflict/problem) as the main character.
  • Students who can acknowledge different points of view of characters are able to use cards of familiar emotions to identify the emotions of characters at different points in the story.
  • Students who can acknowledge different points of view of characters can read the same sentence or phrase differently depending on the character they are given. For example, students can read the phrase in their detective voice, their cowboy voice, their snake voice, their Cinderella voice, their pirate voice and so forth.
  • Students who can acknowledge different points of view can read or hear read aloud two or more versions of a story and, with teacher prompting and support, explain how they differ in point of view (i.e.. different books on Stone Soup
  • Understanding that different characters have different points of view helps students to better understand each character’s thoughts, feelings and actions which contributes to better overall comprehension of the story.
  • Recognizing that different people often have very different interpretations of the same event is a key skill in working collaboratively with others.
  • Being able to adjust one’s spoken language to fit a particular context is an important communication skill.
  • Considering a story from multiple perspectives requires higher order thinking skills, such as making inferences, analyzing and evaluating, which are necessary for all content areas.

  • How does the story, Five Blind Men and an Elephant, support the teaching of point of view?
  • What other books and materials are most effective for teaching point of view?
  • How can identifying and comparing multiple points of view support students’ understanding of text?
  • How does understanding different points of view assist students during classroom discussions and with writing assignments?
  • What previous skills will students have had to master before they can understand/acknowledge different points of view?
  • What vocabulary words must students learn and be able to use effectively to meet this standard?
  • What types of questions assist children in identifying the points of view of different characters?
  • How can reading with expression and intonation support students’ reading comprehension and fluency as well as their ability to determine various points of view in text?

Go to RL.1.6 to see skills mastered prior to this.
Go to RL.3.6 to see the progression of related skills.