How Do You See It? Discovering the Author’s Point of View

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10063

Does everyone sees things just the way you do? When an author writes, he or she tries to make a point. Using video and online sources, join the 3 Little Pigs and Cinderella to learn about perspective!



learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you ever heard that there are three sides to every story? His side, her side, and the truth. Where do you think that comes from? Everyone has a perspective, or point of view. Let’s explore how you can figure out an author’s point of view in a book or story, and how that can change how you think about subjects.

Choose a novel to read as you work through the activities.

Suggested Reading can be found in the right-hand sidebar.

Some questions to think about as you work through the author’s point of view:

  • What is the author’s point of view in the book?
  • How does the author get his point across to the readers?
  • What opinions or belief statements are evident in the book?
  • Why do you think the author has these particular opinions or points of view?
  • What pictures does the author paint for the reader?
  • What evidence does the author include to support his or her opinions?
  • What words or phrases does the author use to present the information?

A point of view is a particular attitude or way of considering a matter. The author’s viewpoint is the way the author looks at a topic or the ideas being described. The author’s point of view reveals the author’s beliefs, personal judgments, and attitudes toward a certain subject.

There are devices that authors use to reveal their beliefs. These devices include:

  • choice of words
  • descriptions
  • character’s actions
  • what is not in the text
  • choice of details

Understanding the author’s point of view helps us determine where the author is coming from and whether or not we should consider what the author has to say.

Visit the links below* to view videos about the author’s point of view (It is not necessary to read the texts referenced in the videos. However, you may have to create a free account to view the videos with adult permission.). Take notes using the Author's Point of View Vocabulary Foldable (found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar) for the following terms:

  • point of view
  • description
  • opinion
  • attitudes
  • beliefs
  • dialogue
  • verbs
  • adjectives

Create a Concept Map to determine the author’s point of view in the book you are currently reading. You can create the concept map with an online concept map creator like Brainstorming made simple from (May require registration; ask an adult).The concept map should include the following:

  • The center circle or box should contain the character’s name.
  • actions showing the author’s point of view
  • language and dialogue showing the author’s point of view
  • characters showing the author’s point of view
  • conflict showing the author’s point of view

When you are ready, continue on to the Got It? section to listen to and examine some stories.

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