First we created our anchor chart and notes in our Language Arts interactive notebook for Point of View: Different Perspectives. Then I read one of Deb's mini-stories to my students and we highlighted one person's point of view, their thoughts, feelings, dialogue, and actions in one color. Then we did the same for the second character. Together we role played how the two characters saw the one event.
I cut out Deb's other story slips and handed them randomly to my students. They then found a partner that had the exact same story they had and together they sat down and read the paragraph. Each partner chose a color and a character and highlighted that person's thoughts, feelings, dialogue, and actions. Then together they had to create a poster of the 1 scene from the two characters' points of view.
Of course, one group had to use the excuse that they needed to see a roller coaster up close so they could make their poster look authentic! Anything to take the iPad out! I love the picture of the two boys collaborating on the paragraph to make sure they portrayed the perspectives correctly.
The second day we took this same concept, but students worked independently. They had to choose Maria Rosalia and then one other character from our story. What made this challenging for my 5th graders was that not every character in the story actually spoke. They had to rely on textual evidence from the author to determine the other character's perspective. They really enjoyed this and I could tell right away who understood perspective and who needed more guidance.
My students did an amazing job and I know that they understand Perspective. Thank you Deb! This was definitely a hit and they want to know when they can do it again. I have book reports now planned centered around this theme!