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MYP Unit One:
“How I Impact the World”
Unit Question: “How do challenges shape us?”
Areas of Interaction (AOI): Health & Social , Community &
Character and Point –of- View in Non- Fiction
Significant Concepts
 Non- fiction can come in many forms: personal
narrative, memoir, autobiography, and biography.
 Everyone has a story to tell. Personal experiences
help our foundations for thought and make us
 There are different points-of-view
 Injustice, prejudice, and discrimination can come in
many shapes and forms.
 One person can make a difference.
Point of View: The vantage point
from which a story is told.
First- Person
 The narrator:
 Is a main or minor character in
the story
 Uses the pronouns “I” and “me”
 Shares his/her subjective, or
personal, view of other
characters and events.
 Doesn’t know the thoughts/
feelings of other characters
Third-Person Limited
 The narrator:
 Is not a characters in the story,
but an outside observer
 Zooms in on the thoughts and
feelings of one character
Point of View 2
Third- Person Omniscient
 The narrator:
 Is not a character in the story,
but an outside observer, whose
observations can be objective,
or unbiased.
 Is “all knowing”- he or she has
access to all thoughts/ feelings
and opinions to ALL other
Character Traits:
Qualities that are used
to describe how people
look, talk, and act.
*Physical Appearance
*Speech, Thoughts, & Actions
* Other Characters
Character Motivation
• The reasons behind the
character’s actions.
• Ex: Did the boy go volunteer at the
animal shelter because he wanted
to help the animals, or because a
girl he liked also worked there??
In order to understand the character’s
motivations, the reader should
1. The narrator’s direct comments.
2. The characters actions, thoughts,
and values.
3. The readers own understanding of
emotions that drive human
Non- Fiction
Writing that tells us about real people, places, and events.
Written to convey factual information
Non-fiction is real and can be verified by other sources
Examples of Non-fiction writing:
Newspaper articles
Movie reviews
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
 A writer’s account of
his/her own life
 Diary: Popular form of
 Almost always told from 1st
person POV
 Similar to Memoir
 Appeals to the public in a
more personalized wayrather than factual or
 First Person P.O.V
 Uses pronouns “I” and
 The narrator only knows
his/her thoughts, feelings,
and motivations
Non-Fiction- Autobiography
Memoir- a form of autobiographical writing where a
writer shares personal experiences & observations of
significant events or people.
Memoirs usually give insight into the impact of a
historical event
Textbook example: “My First Free Summer” pg. 116
 A TRUE account of a person’s life, written by another
 Usually told from THIRD person POV.
 Writers researches the subject in order to give
accurate information.
 Textbook example: pg. 268
Who is Anne Frank?
Key Facts:
 Born June 12, 1929
 Jewish
 Born in Frankfurt,
 Family moved to the
Netherlands, in
Amsterdam, when Hitler
began to rise to power.
 Diary covers
approximately 2 years in
 Was arrested three days
after last diary entry

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