GUIDE TO POINT OF VIEW
WHAT IS THE POINT OF VIEW
MODE ALL ABOUT?
The purpose of a point of view paper is
to convince your reader that your opinion is the correct one and that your
opinion is valid (that it
is based on truth and fact).
Your opinion in this mode of writing
should be clearly stated. Do not change your position in your paper. In
other words, do not flip flop. Stick to your guns.
When you are writing a point of view
paper, think of trying to convince your parents to extend your bedtime or to
give you more allowance. You would give the reasons, facts, and examples
to get the to see how you feel and why you think a certain way.
This is your objective in POV mode Ė
getting your reader to see things your way and believe what you are
OF THE TRADE
There are a few tools you can you use to make your
point of view reasons more effective. Just like in clarification writing, it
is all about details. However, your details in POV writing
need to be very convincing and factual.
- As an example, letís say I am writing to the
Students should/should not be allowed to bring
pocketknives to school.
I am going to take a position against students
being allowed to bring pocketknives to school. Now, here we go with the tools.
TOOL #1: FACTS
- Facts can be effectively used to prove your
point. The definition of the word fact is something (as an event or an act)
that really exists or has occurred. For example, life and death are facts.
To use this tool I could say:
Students should not be allowed to
bring pocketknives to school because most of the students who bring weapons to
school want to hurt other students with it. I
learned in a presentation by our school resource officer that almost 100
percent of students who bring knives to school end up cutting another student
who they have had an argument with.
The underlined part is a fact. I learned
this from a resource officer who knows what he is talking about. It is hard to
argue with facts. This makes a very strong detail to support my reason.
- An observation is something you have
actually noticed or seen. To use this tool, I could say:
I have noticed
that most kids who talk about brining pocketknives to school
are violent kids who end up getting into bad fights all the time.
This is something I have personally observed to
TOOL #3: PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
- An experience is something you have actually
done or lived through <for example, you experience fear in a haunted
house or happiness on your birthday>.
To use this tool, I could say:
One time a boy in my class had a
pocketknife in his locker. He showed it to everyone. Personally, knowing he
had the knife scared me.
The fear I felt was a real experience.
WHAT ELSE CAN HELP YOU GET A 4 ON A POV PAPER?
- Take your time and plan carefully.
- Try to arrange your reasons from the least
important to the most important.
- Remember to use those transition words!
- Proofread your paper for errors.
- Good Luck on your POV writing!
- Have FUN!