READING: INFORMATIONAL TEXT

Craft and Structure

  1. Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
2.2 Craft and Structure
Lesson D

Compare Perspectives

Like fictional text, informational text can be written from different points of view.

A firsthand account of an event or topic is based on an author’s personal experience. The author uses pronouns such as I, me, and we to describe the event or topic. Diaries, autobiographies, and letters are considered to be firsthand accounts.

A secondhand account of an event or topic is based on an author’s research, rather than personal experience. The author uses pronouns such as he, she, and they to describe the event or topic. Encyclopedia entries, biographies, and textbooks are considered to be secondhand accounts.

Click below to see a model of how to compare perspectives.