Literary Point of view

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Purposes for Reading
Author’s Purpose
Literary Genres
Literary Point of View
Connotation & Denotation
Text Purposes
I can classify whether a text’s purpose is to entertain, to
inform, to give directions, to teach, or to persuade.
I can decide the text purpose of various types of texts.
I can identify the author’s purpose.
can identify a variety of literary genres.
 I can explain the characteristics that determine the
genre in a piece of writing.
Standard: OH Grade 8, Reading Standard Reading Applications:
Literary 6
Explain how an author’s choice of genre affects the expression of a
theme or topic.
I can recognize different points of view.
I can distinguish between third person limited
and third person omniscient points of view.
can determine the denotative and
connotative meaning of words and phrases
based on how they are used in a text.
for Reading
Point of
Dear Fix-It Guy:
I wonder if you can help me. When we put up our storm windows this winter, we noticed that
there's a crack in one of them, and it's letting in a lot of cold air. How do we fix it?
Bob and Alice Woods
Portland, Oregon
Dear Bob and Alice:
Well, it looks like you need a new storm window! But if you can't afford a new one right now, you
can always go to the hardware store and get a plastic sheet to put over your window on the inside.
It may not look pretty, but it will cut down on a lot of the cold air until you can replace the
The Fix-It Guy
The main purpose for reading a correspondence like this one is
A. To ask someone to fix a broken window.
B. To enjoy reading about the Fix-It Guy.
C. To understand why people hate winter.
D. To learn how to fix a broken storm window.
The following at left
was taken from a
website, on how to tie
a tie.
Why might someone
read these
A.) To express
B.) To be entertained
C.) To be persuaded
D.) To be informed
If I asked you to state your favorite television
show, I would be asking you to tell me your
opinion of it. In stating your favorite show, you
A.) Informing someone.
B.) Entertaining someone.
C.) Sharing/expressing your opinion to
D.) Persuading someone.
Irony at its finest
Last week, the Hero Springs Herald published a story that said that city officials are
considering changing the name of the Monty Burns Expressway to the George
Washington Expressway. If officials are going to waste taxpayers' money to make new
street signs and so forth, the name should at least be accurate. "Expressway" is quite
the misnomer. There is nothing "express" about this road because traffic is always
backed up. Maybe "Snail Path" would be more fitting.
—I.B. Complainer
People would read these types of letters because they would want to know
A. What other newspaper readers think.
B. What can be done about the traffic.
C. How much tax money is involved.
D. How the expressway got its name.
It is important for a person to develop a habit of waking
up early to exercise. Early morning workouts energize
the body for the rest of the day. In fact, early morning
exercise ensures that the extra calories stored in the
body are used. When a person exercises in the evening,
his or her body uses the calories from food eaten
throughout the day.
Which of these best describes the author's tone in this
A. Anxious
B. Persuasive
C. Know-it-all
D. Mocking
Guinea pigs are not pigs, and they’re not from Guinea. These
tiny rodents haven’t always been used for little experiments.
Guinea pigs have been used as folk medicine in many parts of
South America. These cute, gentle creatures are also used in
religious ceremonies. Did you know that they make excellent
pets? If trained, a little guinea pig will climb into your hands
and crawl with delight!
Which of these best describes the author's attitude toward
guinea pigs?
A. Critical
B. Adoring
C. Sympathetic
D. Thoughtful
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928.
Andy was born with a natural talent for art. His mother
encouraged him with his drawings. His teachers thought he
had such a good talent for art that he should go to weekend
art class.
What is the most obvious quality from this passage that
characterizes it as a piece of nonfiction?
A. Each line is written in iambic pentameter.
B. It is made up entirely of dialogue.
C. There is a definite rhyme scheme to each line.
D. Its main character is a real person.
To Make French Toast:
First, take out a skillet to cook and turn the stove
on low. Second, you will melt the butter in the pan
and stir it with a spatula. Third, beat the eggs.
Fourth, lay the bread, white or wheat, on both
sides in the eggs. Fifth, sit the bread on top of
butter for 30 seconds and then turn over. Now you
have a slice of French toast, repeat.
A.) 1st person point of view
B.) 3rd person omniscient
C.) None of these answer choices
D.) 2nd person point of view
Alfonso's parents never expected much from him. It is not that they did
not love him, but rather that they had watched him develop many bad
habits when he was growing up. They watched him abandon projects
because he felt he was not working to his full potential. They watched
him jump from interest to interest, rarely focusing on anything. They
thought these habits would set him up for failure. They were wrong.
Alfonso began learning and writing about music when he was 15. His
tendency to quit working on something that did not live up to the
expectations he had for himself made him a great editor of his own
work. His tendency to jump from interest to interest made him
knowledgeable about many different kinds of music. Today, Alfonso is a
well-known writer. His parents are quite proud of him.
From which point of view is this passage written?
A. Second person
B. First person
C. The point of view shifts from first person to third person.
D. Third person
What is it called when the narrator tells the
story of “he” or “she” and does not reveal any
characters’ thoughts?
3rd person objective
3rd person omniscient
3rd person limited
1st person point of view
Identify the word that has the more positive
A.) Immature
B.) Youthful
Define the word connotation.
A.) The point of view for a word.
B.) The strict dictionary meaning of a word.
C.) The way that you spell a word.
D.) The emotional and imaginative association
surrounding a word.
Using context clues, choose the correct word
fits into the sentence.
“The (odor, fragrance) of the pumpkin pie
filled the kitchen.”
A.) Odor
B.) Fragrance
Penelope McCampbell did not really get along with many students at school.
In fact, she did not get along with anyone, but that did not stop her from
bothering people. She was a gnat that was always in the way. The kids in her
class avoided her as best as they could. They would scramble out of
Penelope McCampbell's path when she walked down the hall.
In the context of the story, what does the word gnat connote?
A. Penelope McCampbell is an interesting person.
B. Penelope McCampbell is a very small person.
C. Penelope McCampbell is an annoying person.
D. Penelope McCampbell is a productive person.
Using context clues, choose the correct word
fits into the sentence.
The president (delayed, hesitated) for a
moment to see
how his opponent would react to the
A.) Delayed
B.) Hesitated
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