Narrative Writing: Voice

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12312

Writing in the first person means telling a story from the author's point of view when it is okay to say I, me, and mine a lot! Get your voice ready!



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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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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 French fries."

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

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

We use the words I, me, and my to convey our thoughts or stories. Narrative writing almost always uses a first-person point of view.

An excellent narrative voice sounds natural and personal. Your narrative voice should sound like you're telling a story to a friend.

  1. Take out a piece of paper and a pencil.
  1. Draw a line from the top to the bottom, dividing the paper into two columns.
  1. At the top of the left column, write "First person point of view."
  1. At the top of the second column, write "Third person point of view."
  1. As you watch the video below, write words the author would use if he told the story in the first person or third person. Write the words under the correct column.
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  • Did you write the words I, me, and my in the first person point of view?

If you did, that is correct! When an author tells the story about themself, the point of view is first person.

  • What did you write in the third person?

He, him, and they 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, practice identifying first- and third-person points of view in the Got It? section.

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