Nothing but the Truth

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

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

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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.

Materials Needed

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.
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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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