Books for Teaching Point of View
- Grades: 3–5
George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff
This is a wonderful book for teaching history, historical fiction, and point of view. We use this as a reading unit to show how a character's viewpoint can change over time and that events can be interpreted in more than one way.
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
This book shows two different points of view during the Middle Ages, one is that of the pampered prince and the other is that of his whipping boy, the lower class youngster who has to take the prince's punishment for him. The kids love the humor and really get the point about different people having different perspectives. This is great fun to teach.
Teaching with Dear America Books by Jeanette Sanderson.
This is an excellent resource for using the Dear America books. This book is clearly laid out, gives historical background for the books, vocabulary, discussion questions, and has wonderful activities that clearly emphasize point of view when dealing with controversial issues and events. This series deals with many different time periods: Colonial America, Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, Civil War, and Immigration.
Teaching American History with Favorite Folk Songs by Tracey West
This book comes complete with CD. It is a great way to help kids relate to historical events! It includes background, timeline, and songs for the Colonial Period, American Revolution, Westward Expansion, and the Civil War. It's fun and the kids love to "sing" history!
Comprehension Activities for Reading in Social Studies and Science by LeAnn Nickelsen
This is filled with wonderful reading strategies that can be used before, during, and after reading. It has assessments, graphic organizers, and many different activities to help children sum up what they've learned. There's even a Point-of-View timeline!
Easy Strategies & Lessons That Build Content Area Reading Skills by Joyce Graham Baltas and Denise Nessel
Short reading selections make this an easy way to focus on the reading strategies you want. Since it deals with high-interest issues, it is easy to relate the reading to point of view lessons. It even has a selection entitled, "History Makes Way For Women."
Additional books you may find in your school library:
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
What a book to teach point of view! It's perfect because a mother and her daughter switch bodies and suddenly see things in a whole new light! Many of the students have seen the movie and enjoy reading the book.
Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes
This is an extremely interesting and cleverly written story about the first African-American woman to become a pilot. Each page tells the story from a different person's point of view. All of the storytellers knew Bessie Coleman. It is a perfect story for the dramatically inclined students to act out.
Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss.
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier
When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson (grades 4&5)
My America: My Brother's Keeper ? Virginia's Diary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 1863 (grades 3&4)