Narrative Writing: Voice

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12312

Writing in first person doesn't mean Adam and Eve are the authors; it means telling a story from the author's point of view, when it's OK to say, "I," "me," and "mine" a lot! Get your voice in tune!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Fred and Fern were talking about their shopping trip.

Fred said, "Fred and Fern went shopping. Fred drove and Fern white-knuckled in the passenger's seat. They went to Waldo's Wicker Warehouse where they bought a wicker bathtub."

Fern said, "Fred and Fern also wanted to purchase a wicker mattress, but they couldn't find their size. So Fred and Fern went to have lunch at Fredly's and Fred and Fern had burgers and Fren fries."

Then, Fred and Fern said, "Why are you looking at Fred and Fern like they are making you crazy when they talk?"

When we are speaking about ourselves, we speak using first person point of view.

We use the words "I," "me," and "my" in order to convey our thoughts or story. Narrative writing almost always uses first person point of view. A good narrative voice sounds natural and personal. Your narrative voice should sound like you’re telling a story to a friend.

Before continuing, if you missed or would like to review the first lesson in this Narrative Writing series, find it in the right-hand sidebar under Related Lessons.

  1. Take out a piece of paper and pencil.
  2. Draw a line from the top to the bottom, dividing the paper into two columns.
  3. At the top of the left column, write, "First person point of view."
  4. At the top of the second column, write "Third person point of view."
  5. As you watch Introduction to Reading Skills: Point of View, from McGraw-Hill Education PreK-12, write words that the author would use if he were telling the story from first person or third person point of view. Write the words under the correct column:

  • Did you write the words "I," "me," and "my" under first person point of view? If you did, that is correct! When an author is telling the story about himself or herself, the point of view is first person.
  • What did you write under third person? "He," "him," and "they’re" were used in the video, showing that the announcer was speaking in the third person point of view.
  • Remember, first person clue words are "I," "me," "my," and "mine."
  • Third person clue words are "they," "him," and "her."

Now, you will practice identifying first and third person point of view in the Got It? section.

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