Freshman Common Task I



Exploding the Moment

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First Person Point of View – When the story is told from the perspective of the writer/narrator and uses “I” or “we”

I stirred the simmering pot of white, sweet-smelling goo. I wasn’t supposed to, but I confess, I licked the spoon and put it back in the pan. Looking around furtively, I hoped the pernicious health inspector was not spying.

Third person Point of view – When the story is told from the perspective of an outside observer. Essays should be written in 3rd person, and many stories can be effective in third person.
  1. Third Person Limited – knows only the thoughts and feelings of only some of the characters
Rex stirred the simmering pot of white, sweet-smelling goo. He wasn’t supposed to, but he licked the spoon and put it back in the pan. Mark, the health inspector, felt immediate disgust as he watched with horror Rex’s disgusting spit mingle with the marshallow mix. This was not the first time he had caught Rex breaking food law, but it would be the last. He vowed to himself to bring Rex to justice.

  1. Third Person Omniscient – “all knowing” – narrator knows the thoughts, feelings, and actions of all characters – Godlike

But what Mark didn’t realize, is that Rex had decided to make this particular batch for himself, as he was experimenting with new flavors.

Now: Write a 5 sentence paragraph in first person. The paragraph should involve your character in any situation you like.

Classwork, HomeworkThree five-sentence paragraphs:
  1. First person
  2. Same situation told in 3rd person limited
  3. Same situation told in 3rd person omniscient (all-knowing)