Comparing Point of View in “Soaring Soren”

Learning Objectives

Describe the way a narrator’s point of view affects a story and compare and contrast points of view for the same story.

 

Grade Levels

4-5

 

Common Core Standard

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6
Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

 

Materials Needed

Point of View graphic organizer

Computer and projector (to project website and video)

A copy of “Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly” by Deborah Stevenson

Comic strip template for students

 

Lesson

Introduction and Teacher Modeling

  • Explain to students that prior knowledge and background information helps us to understand a story better.
  • Tell students that today you will be reading the story “Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly” by Deborah Stevenson and considering how the narrator’s point of view influences the events in the book.
  • You will also be reading about French Bulldogs and learning more about the real Soren and his owner (the author of the book) in order to determine how those perspective’s also influence the book.

Guided Practice

  • Give each student a copy of the Point of View graphic organizer.
  • If you have the capability to project your computer screen to be visible for students, show them the details about the French Bulldog breed from the AKC website (http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/french-bulldog/).
  • Read through the material with the students and have them take notes in the graphic organizer about what they learn and the point of view in which the information is written.
  • Once they are finished, use your projector to show students the video found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I68BX4RuCF0.
  • While students are watching the video, they should take notes about what they learn and the point of view from the story.
  • Finally, read the students the book “Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly” by Deborah Stevenson. While you are reading, have students take notes about the book and the point of view from the story.

Independent Work

  • Give students a few minutes to complete their graphic organizer if needed.
  • Have the AKC information, video and book available for students to use in case they need to review them again.
  • Once all students are finished with the graphic organizer, pass out the comic strip sheet.
  • Students will be creating a comic strip that shows the story of Soren through three perspectives: 1.) how he is similar to and different from the breed standard for French Bulldogs. 2.) the true story of Soren depicted in the video and 3.) Soren’s story from his point of view in the book.
  • Each box in the comic strip is labeled with the resource that students should depict.
  • The first perspective (and comic box) represents Soren vs the breed standard from AKC. Students may choose to draw a more “typical” French Bulldog, or Soren and a more “typical” French Bulldog side by side. Include a caption in the third person describing the typical French Bulldog. These are just examples. Students should be creative in their depictions.
  • The second perspective (and comic box) represents the video of the real Soren. Students may choose to draw a picture of Soren competing and include a caption written in third person that describes the scene.
  • The third perspective (and comic box) represents the book, “Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly” be Deborah Stevenson. Students may choose to draw Soren competing or with Deb. They should include a speech bubble to demonstrate that Soren is telling his own story.
  • Students should be sure to use information from their graphic organizer and be creative in their artwork.
  • When students are finished, they can share their comics with the class.

Review and Closing

  • Review the way different points of view affect a story.
  • Possible Discussion Topics:
    • If you had only read the description of the typical French Bulldog on the AKC website, and had not seen the video or read Soren’s story, would you think a French Bulldog could do something athletic like agility?
    • How can our ideas about what is typical affect our own stories? Example, a short child might never try to play basketball, even though he or she might be talented at basketball.
    • How does understanding the typical French Bulldog help us appreciate Soren’s accomplishment more?
    • How does the story in Soren’s words help us appreciate Soren’s accomplishment more?

You can find other great resources for “Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly” at http://www.frogprincebooks.net/.

Additional standards based lesson plans, hands-on activities and professional development can be found on the AKC® Educator Resources page found here: http://www.akc.org/public-education/educator-resources/.