“Something Stinks!” is not just a book that delves into the oddities and curiosities of the world; it’s a gateway for students to explore and understand different points of view. This unique book provides a fantastic framework for teaching students about perspective, encouraging them to see beyond the surface and consider various viewpoints. Here’s how educators can use “Something Stinks!” to teach the skill of point of view over a 5-day unit, providing both an enriching experience for students and a comprehensive teaching tool for instructors.

Introduction to Point of View

Begin the unit by explaining what point of view (POV) means in literature and in understanding the world around us. Point of view isn’t just about who is telling a story; it’s about how different perspectives can change our understanding of facts, opinions, and narratives.

Day 1: Introducing Perspectives

**Lesson Plan Focus:** Introduction to different types of point of view.

– **Before Reading Question:** “What does ‘point of view’ mean to you? Can you think of a time when understanding someone else’s point of view changed your mind about something?”

– **During Reading Activity:** Identify the narrator of “Something Stinks!” and discuss how the narrator’s perspective shapes the presentation of information.

**SEL Connection:** Discuss empathy and understanding others’ perspectives.

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Day 2: Understanding Characters

Lesson Plan Focus:** Explore how characters in “Something Stinks!” have different viewpoints.

– **Vocabulary Words:** First-person, third-person, subjective, objective.

– **Before Reading Question:** “How might the story change if it were told from another character’s point of view?”

– **During Reading Activity:** Choose passages where characters express strong opinions or emotions. Discuss how these perspectives influence our understanding of the story.

**Extension Activity:** Rewrite a scene from another character’s point of view.

Day 3: Fact vs. Opinion from Different Perspectives

**Lesson Plan Focus:** Distinguishing between fact and opinion through the lens of point of view.

– **Reading Response Question:** “Find an example in the book where different characters have opposing views on the same fact. How do their perspectives shape their opinions?”

– **After Reading Activity:** Create a T-chart listing facts from the book on one side and opinions on the other. Discuss how point of view influences what characters perceive as fact.

**Writing Activity:** Write a paragraph explaining how understanding point of view can help differentiate between fact and opinion.

Day 4: Analyzing Narrative POV

**Lesson Plan Focus:** Deeper analysis of narrative point of view and its impact on storytelling.

– **Vocabulary Activity:** Focus on point of view related vocabulary and how it helps in understanding narrative structure.

– **During Reading Question:** “What point of view is the story told from? How would the story change if it were told from a different point of view?”

**Extension Activity:** Students choose a non-fiction article or a real-world event and write a brief narrative from two different perspectives.

Day 5: Perspectives and Worldview

**Lesson Plan Focus:** Connecting the concept of point of view to broader themes and real-world applications.

– **Before Reading Question:** “Why is it important to consider different points of view, both in stories and in real life?”

– **After Reading Activity:** Students present on a current event, showing how different news sources (or social media posts) portray the event from various points of view.

**Book Talk:** Conclude with a discussion on the importance of understanding and respecting different perspectives and how this skill can help us navigate information and interpersonal relationships in our daily lives.

Something Stinks!” provides a playful yet profound medium for exploring the concept of point of view. Through this book, students learn not only to analyze narrative perspectives but also to apply the skill of understanding diverse viewpoints to their interactions with the world. This unit not only enhances reading comprehension and critical thinking but also fosters empathy and open-mindedness among students.

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I love using the picture book Something Stinks! to teach the Point of View. The students love reading it and understanding using the book to guide their thinking and recognize the importance of point of view.

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