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47. First person vs. Second person vs. Third person
Rebekah Bergman
<4:54>   June 2020

 

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≪Key Vocabulary≫
Write the meaning(s) of each word. Write an example sentence (example sentences) if you need to.

(1) perspective

(2) unbraid

(3) plop

(4) scalp

(5) skull

(6) constraint

(7) omniscient

(8) delusion

(9) inhabit

(10) alienate

(11) intend

(12) vantage





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≪Questions≫

  1. When you write a story, choosing whose point of view you are writing from is significant. Why?
  1. Because writing from a second person point of view is more difficult than the other two points of view.
  2. Because your story will be completely different depending on your choice of perspective.
  3. Because some readers prefer one viewpoint to the other.
  4. Because many famous books are written from a third person point of view.

 

  1. Choose the correct point of view for each example:

a. The tail end of Rapunzel’s locks plopped down at my feet. I grabbed on and began to climb… ugh! I couldn’t untangle myself.

(1stperson / 2nd person / 3rd person)

b. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel,“the Prince called, “let down your hair.”Then Rapunzel slung it out the window. The prince climbed her tresses into the tower.

(1st person / 2nd person / 3rd person)

c. He calls your name. He wants you to let your hair down. You just finished braiding it, but hey- you don’t get a lot of visitors. 

(1stperson / 2nd person / 3rd person)

 

  1. What is unique about writing a story from a first person point of view?  
  1. The story can change dramatically depending on which character is the narrator.
  2. Writing a fairy tale from a first person point of view is easier than writing from the other points of view.
  3. Most fairy tales are written from a first person point of view.  
  4. Only a few non-fiction stories are written from a first person point of view.

 

  1. Which of the following statements is not true about writing a story from a third person point of view?
  1. A narrator must stay a little bit away from the characters.
  2. It is useful when you want to emphasize feelings of distance.
  3. A narrator can jump between characters’minds and provide more information.  
  4. Providing a big picture of the story is difficult.  

 

  1. The following points are the characteristics of first person narratives. Fill in the blanks.

   ▸You can create closeness between the

      (1)              and the (2)              .    

   ▸Narrators can be delusional or

      (3)                       .

   ▸You can begin your story with a

     (4)                       first person

     narrator, we, and switch it to a

    (5)                     first person

    narrator, I,  in the middle of the story.

 

  1. 6. Write “T” if the statement is true and “F” if the statement is false.

a. Second person narratives are

    less common compared to the

    others.                  

b. By using first person narration,

    you can distance the narrator from

    your story.                  

c. Because of the advancement of

    VR technology, new ways to

    tell stories may emerge in the future.

                    

d. If you write a story from a second

    person point of view, it will be difficult

    to build urgency and

    suspense.                  

 



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≪Answers≫

  1. When you write a story, choosing whose point of view you are writing from is significant. Why?
  1. Because writing from a second person point of view is more difficult than the other two points of view.
  2. Because your story will be completely different depending on your choice of perspective.
  3. Because some readers prefer one viewpoint to the other.
  4. Because many famous books are written from a third person point of view.

 

  1. Choose the correct point of view for each example:

a. The tail end of Rapunzel’s locks plopped down at my feet. I grabbed on and began to climb… ugh! I couldn’t untangle myself.

(1stperson / 2nd person / 3rd person)

b. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel,“the Prince called, “let down your hair.”Then Rapunzel slung it out the window. The prince climbed her tresses into the tower.

(1st person / 2nd person / 3rd person)

c. He calls your name. He wants you to let your hair down. You just finished braiding it, but hey- you don’t get a lot of visitors. 

(1stperson / 2nd person / 3rd person)

 

  1. What is unique about writing a story from a first person point of view?  
  1. The story can change dramatically depending on which character is the narrator.
  2. Writing a fairy tale from a first person point of view is easier than writing from the other points of view.
  3. Most fairy tales are written from a first person point of view.  
  4. Only a few non-fiction stories are written from a first person point of view.

 

  1. Which of the following statements is not true about writing a story from a third person point of view?
  1. A narrator must stay a little bit away from the characters.
  2. It is useful when you want to emphasize feelings of distance.
  3. A narrator can jump between characters’minds and provide more information.  
  4. Providing a big picture of the story is difficult.  

 

  1. The following points are the characteristics of first person narratives. Fill in the blanks.

   ▸You can create closeness between the

      (1) reader   and the (2) narrator  .    

   ▸Narrators can be delusional or

      (3)  dishonest  .

   ▸You can begin your story with a

     (4)  plural   first person

     narrator, we, and switch it to a

    (5) singular   first person

    narrator, I,  in the middle of the story.

 

  1. 6. Write “T” if the statement is true and “F” if the statement is false.

a. Second person narratives are

    less common compared to the

    others.      T     

b. By using first person narration,

    you can distance the narrator from

    your story.       F      

c. Because of the advancement of

    VR technology, new ways to

    tell stories may emerge in the future.

          T     

d. If you write a story from a second

    person point of view, it will be difficult

    to build urgency and

    suspense.      F     

 

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