Create an Arresting
Today's Snack: Melt five or six caramel candies in the
microwave. Stir in just a few drops of milk or water. While this caramel sauce
is warm, dip apple slices in. Wash down with . . . what else? . . . apple
notebook or lined paper and No. 2 pencil
also gather up famous children's books
"point of view" in a story means who's telling it. Sometimes, the story just
unwinds and you "watch" it, as if watching a movie or TV show. But other times,
there will be a "narrator" - someone or something that "narrates," or tells,
the story from his or her particular point of view.
best stories have the best narrators. They are usually vivid characters, human
or fantasized. In fact, they should be so interesting that they are "arresting"
- they are so entertaining that you literally stop what you're doing - "arrest"
yourself - and pay attention.
children's literature, there are many, many examples of unique, memorable,
example, the dog in Bunnicula tells
the story, but of course, we all know a dog can't write or speak . . . but we
still enjoy that dog's narration to the max.
you were able to gather together examples of famous children's books, review
them and discover who the narrator is in each of them.
the man named "Ishmael" who narrates the famous adult novel, Moby Dick, gives us the point of view of
a sailor on board a whaling ship, with all the rich details and interesting
information that he knows because of his unique, nautical point of view.
Point of view is usually in "first person" - the
narrator is part of the story and refers to himself or herself with pronouns
such as "I," "me" and "we."
But point of view also is frequently in "third
person." That's when someone outside the direct storyline tells what happened -
using pronouns such as "he," "she," "they," or the name of the character.
A good point of view helps bring your message alive
to your reader. Sometimes, "who" is telling a story is more meaningful to the
reader than "what" the story is about. A unique, refreshing point of view tends
to make writing more lively, credible and memorable.
nonfiction, sometimes it's best to be your own narrator. But sometimes, you can
liven up boring and tedious material by writing from another vantage point.
example, circle which point of view you think would be best after these three
1. a description of how an automotive engine starts up:
you or a sparkplug miraculously
2. a book report on Moby
you or the Great, White Whale
3. a historical account of the mass murders of 20
million Jews in "purges" by Soviet leader Josef Stalin:
you or an imaginary teenage
In your writing notebook or on a piece of lined
write a story about yourself,
but have someone
or something else as the narrator.
Draw that narrator to go with the story.