Choosing the Right Point of View and Personal Pronouns Worksheet

Assignment Writing: Preparation

Practice your decision making with this Point of View and Personal Pronouns Worksheet to help identify what POV to use for all your assignment writing. Through completing 10 exercises, you test your ability to choose the correct perspective for all your essay topics.

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, read the hypothetical essay assignment. In the spaces provided, write in whether you would use first, second or third person to write the essay, list at least one personal pronoun that applies to that POV and explain your reason for choosing that particular point of view.

  • Essay assignment: An autobiographical essay about your summer vacation.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Compare and contrast two sports teams.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Persuade readers to your position on a topic that is widely debated.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Explain how to bake a cake.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Interview someone influential in your life, and write that person’s story based on what you learn.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Analyze and compare two sides to an issue, and draw a conclusion.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Express your thoughts about a recent law enacted by your state legislature.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Explain the main points of a novel you are assigned to read.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Describe what your backyard looks like in the winter.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason:

  • Essay assignment: Find research studies on a topic that interests you, and discuss/evaluate their findings.

    POV:
    Personal pronoun(s):
    Reason: