The author’s point of view in writing (2/3) | Interpreting Series

In the previous video,
we saw that knowing the author’s purpose for writing helps you
understand better what you read because you know what you need
pay attention to in the text. But writers also bring their own
viewpoints into their writing. Does detecting the writer’s
point of view help you interpret what you read? Stick around and let’s see how
understanding the writer’s point of view can help you improve
your reading comprehension. The Author’s Point of View
[♫] [snap] [♫] Hi. Welcome back to Snap Language.
I’m Marc Franco. This is one in a series of videos
that talk about detecting and interpreting elements
in writing that help you improve your reading comprehension. So, make sure you subscribe to Snap Language
so you don’t miss any of our videos. The writer’s point of view affects
what the writer actually says about a topic and
how the writer says it. As you know, sometimes it’s not what
you say… it’s how you say it. Your point of view is the
direction you come from or the perspective you have
when approach a topic. A poor person will look at
a house and say, “Wow! What a great house!” A rich man will probably say,
“What a quaint little shack!” So, is the house a mansion,
or is it just a shack. Well, neither. It’s the same house, but a poor person
sees it from a poor person’s viewpoint. A rich person sees it from
a different viewpoint. It’s just a different perspective, but
it can make an important difference. Our point of view colors our
perception of the world. Whether we notice it or not,
our points of view affect how we think and
in what we believe. So, understanding a writer’s
point of view helps you understand how that person thinks. You’re able to read the author’s
ideas or opinions and say, “I understand where you’re
coming from, but what if someone has
a different viewpoint?” Do writers give you
the whole information? Or do they give you only
the picture they can see because of their own point of view? For example, take a topic
such as capital punishment. Some people are in favor, others
are against capital punishment. As you read a passage about it,
depending on the information the author gives you and
focuses on, you can pretty much tell what the
author’s point of view is. So, let’s look at this: Someone in favor of capital punishment
may call it “capital punishment.” Someone against it might call it
“the death sentence.” The first will focus on
how fair it is to dole out rigorous justice to
a terrible criminal. The other will focus on
how a wrongful conviction might send innocent
people to their deaths. So, you can use context clues
to identify the author’s point of view. Once you do, you can understand
better why the author may be focusing on some things and
leaving other things out. The author may have a bias because of
his or her viewpoint… So, the author will focus on the things
he or she believes to be true. [snap] It’s important to know
where the author’s coming from (or the writer’s point of view). It helps you interpret the
information carefully. It helps you question what the author
may or may not be telling you. And this works in all
kinds of situations. In 2014, a White police officer
in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot Mike Brown,
an African American man. People took to the street in protest. In the media, some reporters
focused on the events as “protests,” but others focused on the
events as “violent riots.” Some articles may have referred to
the protestors as “peaceful,” but others referred to them
as “angry mobs.” In this article, you can see
how Diane Jeanty, a reporter writing for the Huffington Post, discusses
Ted Nugent’s point of view while expressing her own point of view. The link to this article and
other materials are in the descriptions below the video. The events are the same, so why
are they reported so differently? Well, it depends on the point of view
of the person talking about them. If I feel positively about something,
I’ll talk about it from a positive angle. And the other way around. My tone will change depending
on my point of view and how I feel about it. But wait… the tone is a
topic for the next video. So for now, give this a thumbs up
(if you’d like) and… … thanks for stopping by
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13 thoughts on “The author’s point of view in writing (2/3) | Interpreting Series

  1. Thank you!! You're truly underrated but youngsters tend to focus on videos outside the education category.. maybe that's why.

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