Narrator/Speaker’s Influence


Students are aware of writers using different points of view in stories, books, essays, and other types of writings.  However, this lesson is focused on how that point of view influences a reader’s perspective of events in a book or story.  Students can usually identify the point of view, whether it is 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person; however, they often do not understand the influence it may have on readers.  The lesson does review author’s point of view and can be used in conjunction with other related lessons.

Narrator/Speaker’s Influence Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Narrator/Speaker’s Influence
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on being an influential speaker/narrator
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson describes how the point of view of a narrator or speaker can influence a piece of writing or conversation. Point of view is briefly reviewed at the beginning of the lesson, but students should have some familiarity with it before working on this lesson. Examples are provided demonstrating how the way an author presents information can influence a reader’s understanding of that information. The lesson may be used in conjunction with related reading and writing lessons.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students if they have ever been influenced by something they have read. Ask them to explain.
  2. Allow for responses, explanations, and discussion. Ask students how writers and authors can influence the action, thoughts, and feelings of characters and the events in a story another piece of writing.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Narrator/Speaker’s Influence to the class.
  4. Distribute Narrator/Speaker’s Influence content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Remind students to use correct punctuation, grammar, etc., as they write the stories.  Use additional pages if necessary.  Allow students sufficient time to complete both stories.
  6. Once completed, each pair of students may share one or both stories with another pair of students or read them aloud to the class. Ask students if they feel influenced by the stories or if they think the character in story two was influenced to decide.  Discuss responses.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Students share their paragraphs with the class and then discuss together.
  9. In closing, ask students: As a writer, what kind of influence would you like to have on the characters in a book or the readers of your writing? Why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to clearly explain their reasons for the influence.

Common Core State Standards: 


None for Grade 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade