Creative Writing: 2 Points of View

One neat creative writing technique is writing from a different point of view.  I often hear of the standard assignment to write as though you are an inanimate object (like a pencil or a plant) to teach kids to write from a new point of view.  That’s still a good one if you’ve never done it, but if you’re looking for a fresh idea, read on . . .

Instead, try this assignment: Write the same story twice,  The first time, write from the point of view of a diver exploring the ocean.  The second time, write from the point of view of the shark he meets unexpectedly.

More Point of View Pairings

This same concept can be done with other pairings:

  • fisherman/fish
  • astronaut/martian
  • beekeeper/bee
  • gardener/flower
  • princess/prince (who meet in the story)
  • safari goer/animal
  • teacher/student
  • little pigs/big, bad wolf
  • farmer/cow
  • beach bum/crab
  • circus performer/lion
  • mommy/baby (or toddler or kid)
  • hunter/deer
  • Mickey Mouse/Minnie Mouse

The possibilities are endless!  Just think of two things/people/animals that somehow interact, and then write about the same incident from several points of view.  It’s really fun. . . give it a try!

Teaching Tips

This tip is for emergent writers: Sometimes emergent writers have their lessons stifled by the actual physical writing.  In this case you want them to learn about points of view.  (Not spelling, letter formation, perfect sentence structure, and on and on and on!)  If you’ve got a brand new writer, feel free to let them tell the story while you write it down so they can keep their ideas flowing.  Then for practice, they can copy what they’ve dictated and you’ve written.  If it’s too long, just let them copy parts of it at first, and little by little they can build up.

This tip is for improving writers.  Challenge kids to try to create some dialogue or character thoughts (internal dialogue) that can only be heard or witnessed from the point of view they are writing from at the moment.  Anytime there is an actual conversation between the two characters, the same conversation would be heard in both versions of the story, but perhaps with different reactions.  Include both kids – singular and dual perspective dialogue.

And this tip is for more advanced writers.  For an extra challenge, try incorporating THREE points of view instead of just two.  Is there a third character you can introduce that will see things from yet another point of view?  When you have written all three points of view, try combining all three stories into one, but make sure you somehow incorporate the thoughts and experiences of all three characters.

More From Layers of Learning

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2 Comments

  1. VKT

    I agree completely Karen! I teach kindergarten and I want my students to get excited about writing as they move from stage to stage in the writing process. Great post!

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