Narrative Tense and POV


He Was an Old Man

In this lesson, you will write a scene about an old man, from a 3rd person point of view.

Study the example below. (Notice the use of the 3rd person pronoun, "he" or "she").


The old man with the long gray beard sat with his back against a thick tree. His legs were tired, but his determination was still strong. His name was Agrak. He planned to rest here for just a few minutes, before proceeding on his journey. He still had a long way to go.

Agrak had a special ability. He could speak the language of the birds. Most birds seemed to recognize this, as if by instinct. So it didn't surprise him when a black bird swooped down and landed on his finger. The bird held a glowing pearl in its mouth.

"What have you there?" asked Agrak.

Instructions for the Quiz

  1. Write a scene about an old man.
    • Use 3rd person POV.
    • Minimum word count: 100 words
  2. Grading rubric / checklist:
    • Did you write a 3rd person narrative?
    • Did you write at least 100 words?
    • Did you divide those words into at least two paragraphs?
    • Are you following the conventions of writing?
      • Capitalization
      • Punctuation
      • Possessives
      • Contractions