Many students are confused by the difference between the terms point of view and perspective. This is because the terms are often used synonymously, but they are, in fact, quite different. Help students learn the difference!
Point of View Example Activity: Different types of Narration, like third person omniscient narration
I found myself in the crowd with a sense of foreboding washing over me. While the streets teemed with people who seemed completely unaware of the impending danger, I knew that something was watching me. It was following me. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I froze. My heart was pounding as I stood on the sidewalk and surveyed the crowd. I couldn't see it, but I knew it was there. And this time, I knew there was no escape.
THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT
Todd ran into the crowded sidewalk and began walking rapidly. He glanced nervously around, his eyes sliding back and forth. His breathing grew shallow and rapid, and finally, he stopped and looked around. He knew that the creature was following him, but he couldn't quite see it. The wall between their dimensions was thin, but not thin enough for Todd to see through to the other side. He knew that there was no escape, though. This time, the creature would find him and break through.
THIRD PERSON LIMITED
Heather watched the man angle his way through the crowd, looking this way and that way nervously. He seemed to be sweating, but there was a distinct chill in the night air. Finally, he stopped and looked around him nervously. She felt a sudden chill down her back: he seemed to sense danger, but she didn't know what was chasing him.