Taking a Stand: Shiloh

Lesson 10 - Discussion & Writing

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Describe why Phyllis Reynolds Naylor wrote Shiloh in first-person point of view.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

Authors make many decisions when they sit down to write. Phyllis Naylor decided to write Shiloh in first-person and also in the present tense. Therefore, Marty, the narrator in Shiloh, tells things as they happen to him.

  • Why do you think Phyllis Reynolds Naylor use both first-person and present tense?
  • How does it affect what the narrator knows? How does it affect what the reader knows?

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Key Questions


What does it mean for a text to be written in first-person point of view? How do we know that Shiloh is written in first-person point of view?
How does the point of view in which a story is written affect what the reader knows about the character and plot of the story?
How does the point of view impact what we know about Marty? Judd? Shiloh?

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.4.3 — Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

  • RL.4.6 — Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

  • W.4.1 — Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information

  • W.4.1.a — Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.

  • W.4.1.b — Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

  • W.4.1.d — Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

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