Nothing but the Truth
This lesson will allow students to practice reading out loud and determining how point of view affects the action of a story.
Grade Level: 6 - 7th
Subject: English/Language Arts
Length of Time: About Five 45 Minute Sessions
Common Core Alignment
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6 - Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
Objectives & Outcomes
Students should be able to accurately determine point of view for multiple characters and how that adds to a story.
Printer paper, pencil, copies of the book ‘Nothing but the Truth’ by Avi
Opening to Lesson
- Begin by asking students if they have ever disagreed with someone over something that has happened.
- Something such as who started a fight or how an accident happened.
- Explain that people often have different points of view based on the information they have, which may be incomplete.
Body of Lesson
- Have students read the short novel ‘Nothing but the Truth’ by Avi (this will take several days and can be completed as a class or individuals depending on preference.)
- Throughout the book discuss point of view from several different characters including the main character, his parents, and classmates.
- Have students fold a sheet of paper into thirds.
- Head each section with a character(s) name(excluding the main character).
- Under each write out the point of view the character took on the Star Spangled Banner.
- If the character had known the whole truth, how would their POV have changed?
- Have students share how the outcome would have been different if the truth were known.
Assessment & Evaluation
The students will read the text and create a trifold brochure showing how different points of view shaped the story.
Modification & Differentiation
Special needs students may be given shortened version of the book or allowed to listen on tape.
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