Striking Crayons and Detective Sheep: Looking at Point of View

crayonsHow do you think your pen is feeling today? How about your phone? Your keyboard? Your shoes?

One of the most essential skills for reading, writing, and creativity is understanding different points of view. While we typically think about point of view when considering the human characters in literature, Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit stretches us just a bit more. When Duncan opens his box of crayons, he finds instead a set of letters from his crayons explaining why they have had enough. Each color has its own grievances, from black, who is tired of being used just for outlines, to exhausted overused red, to orange who insists s/he is the true color of the sun. I just love it!

thedaythecrayonsquitThe Day the Crayons Quit could be inspiration for tales from the point of view of all manner of home or classroom materials. Young children could write about how their toys might feel, or older students consider point of view while writing a sequel for younger children—while also working on the Common Core standards on writing appropriate to the audience.

Or you might want to explore some of these other ideas and resources on teaching point of view from unusual vantage points.

Whether crayons or sheep, new perspectives can help us flex and discover in ways we won’t do alone. Enjoy the ride!


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