Point of View Eyeballs!

I want to quickly share another cross-curricular project I did in my classroom this past week! We have been studying the Revolutionary War in social studies and point of view in ELA. So why not mix the two, right?!

I got this idea from the fabulous blogger Sandy, over at Fearless in 5th! She has some AWESOME ideas for upper grades, and this has been one of my favorites!

One of my big focus lessons for our Revolutionary War unit is how the British viewed the events leading up to the war vs. how the colonists viewed the events leading up to the war.

To teach point of view this year, I added this fun point of view eyeball project to really drive the point home. After seeing Sandy’s awesome eyeballs, I just had to try it! My students had so much fun completing them, and they look amazing lining our walls! Some students sided with the colonists and some sided with the British.

The prompts I gave to the students were:

1.) Imagine that you are an American colonist. Draw an event leading up to the Revolutionary War from the perspective of an American colonist.  The drawing should demonstrate how you feel about Great Britain, how you feel about British soldiers being in the colonies, how you feel about your fellow colonists, or how you feel about a specific event leading up to the Revolutionary War.


2.) Imagine that you are a British soldier. Draw an event leading up to the Revolutionary War from the perspective of a British soldier. The drawing should demonstrate how you feel about the colonists or how you feel about a specific event leading up to the Revolutionary War.

The Quartering Act- a British Red Coat knocking on a colonist’s door to stay the night. So awesome!

Tax collectors knocking on colonist’s doors to collect.

The Boston Tea Party!

Didn’t these turn out so awesome?! I’m so proud of my kids’ work! Head on over to Sandy’s blog to check out her student’s work!


  1. Your kiddos’ work looks amazing!!!

    Thanks for the shout out… :)

  2. Aren’t these so fun?! I wish I would have taken a picture of them in the halls! Thank you Sandy for the fabulous idea, and thank you everyone for your sweet comments!!

  3. I love this activity! I will definitely incorporate this next year!

  4. 1. These are amazing! You have some talented artists on your hands. Great idea to include two different perspectives.
    2. I hope you don’t mind a new follower. I’m currently a 3/4 grade teacher in rural Alaska moving back to Indiana and I’m not sure exactly what grade I will be teaching and would love to have a variety of teaching blogs to read for inspiration and networking. :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Miss Wilson

  5. Oh you are too sweet! Thank you for your kind words, and of course I would love a new follower! I love knowing that there are teachers out there that could use even a small nugget of information from this blog! Thank you!!

  6. Kristine–I love this! We are wrapping up Colonization and moving into the Revolution, so I found this just in time. Love, love, love, as usual :)

  7. Thank you!! I can’t wait to incorporate this into my classroom next year.

    I am new to blogging and have been reading your blog NONSTOP. I.am.in.love!! You are incredible!

    Check me out @ inyourpocketnow.blogspot.com

  8. I just did this with my 6th graders. I wasn’t sure how they would respond, but they loved it! And, they did some great work. This was the perfect way to incorporate history into reading. I used it with my Guam history unit, and I had them do two eyes, one on each side of the paper. They picked an event and illustrated it from two different perspectives. I will definitely use this activity again!

    1. Kristine Nannini says:

      Awesome! I am so glad to hear that, Tiffany! Thanks for your kind words!

    1. Kristine Nannini says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy!

  9. These are amazing! Such a great idea! Did you have a rubric you used for these?

    1. Kristine Nannini says:

      Hi Nicole- Thanks! At this time, I do not have a rubric.

  10. This is awesome. I need to think of how to do this with second grade. This sounds so fun.

    1. Kristine Nannini says:

      Thanks so much, Ashley!

  11. Jenelle Rush-Leavitt says:

    I love this for teaching authors point of view. I think I will incorporate it some way with the Three Little Pigs and the True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Thank you!

    1. Kristine Nannini says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Jenelle! It’s such a fun lesson!

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