Perspectives in Writing

Writing Lesson Plan

Students will understand that writing can be done from many different perspectives. They will write short stories about the same subject using varying viewpoints.

a painting, picture, or photograph that has more than one character (ex: The Boating Party by Mary Cassatt or Gare Saint-Lazare by Edouard Manet)


  1. Present your selected picture to the class. Ask students what they think is happening in the picture. How might the characters be related? What was the painter trying to portray? What is the mood? How does the painter make us feel that mood?
  2. Discuss the individual characters in the picture. If they were each going to talk about the day, would they say the same things? Using The Boating Party as an example ask students what the mother might be thinking as opposed to the father. What might the baby be thinking?
  3. Introduce the idea of personification and discuss it as being a possible perspective. Talk about the day from the oars' perspective or the boat's, or the man's hands.
  4. Third person: What might an outsider think? How might the story differ if they tell it? What is the effect when a story is narrated as opposed to it being told from one person's viewpoint?
  5. Have students write a story about the painting from 3 different viewpoints that they choose. Urge them to use conversation in at least one of their variations.

Have students share their versions of the story with the class. Notice the differences in viewpoints and have students reflect on the concept of perspective.

Were students able to write story "correctly" from differing viewpoints? Are they using more variety in their writing in general?

More Lesson Plans

Bridge Building
Can You Sell Your Cereal?
LogoWriter: Create a Square
Crows and Cranes
Coming to America
Digit Place Game
Ones and Tens
Homemade Ice Cream
Makeshift Tambourines
Cuisenaire Fractions
The African American Inventor
Calculator Buying
Dancin’ Raisins
Have We Always Had Jeans?
Class Ketchup
O’Keeffe’s Flowers
Melting Ice
Polygons: Angles vs. Sides
Steal the Bacon
Class Rap
Where Do You Live?
One-difference Classification Train
MLK Internet Photo Timeline
House of H
Assembly Line
What is the Bill of Rights?
Shoes: Practical vs. Fashionable
Fact versus Opinion
Pueblo Pottery
Map Your House
Cinderella Cinderella
The Gettysburg Address
The Olympic Rings
National Anthems of the World
Animal Alphabetizing
Where We Live
Day to Day Learning Guide
The Missing Word
Macaroni Pattern Necklaces
Painting Music
Perspectives in Writing
Picture This
Predicting Story Outcome - June 29, 1999
Draw a Scientist
Our National Symbol