Perspective

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Perspective is another word for 'view'.  The word Perspective originates from the Latin word perspectivus, meaning "of sight, optical".  Perspective began to be commonly used to refer to the use of optical glass lenses in scientific studies. 

In scientific disciplines, Perspective is most likely to refer to the ability to perceive things objectively in their actual interrelations and comparative significance. However, Perspective has become an important concept in both science and art.  In the arts, Persepctive is more likely to refer to a subjective evaluation of relative significance.

In visual arts, Perspective most often refers to the location of the viewer to an object.  In literary arts, Perspective refers to the point-of-view from which a story is told.  Most elementary school curriculum include practicing writing with First Person, Third Person, and Omniscient Perspectives.

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. ~Truman Capote
For ideas of incorporating the concept perspective view the following videos:

A teacher resource in environmental science education demonstrating the techniques and practices within the Perspective Stories creative writing lesson. Students are given the task to write a poem or story about something biotic in nature, for example a tree or squirrel. Tying together creative writing with environmental education, students can do research on their biotic thing to add detail to their story. In the end, students can gain a greater understanding and empathy towards nature. This lesson is designed for 4th and 5th graders, but can be used at any grade level.

Part of the Experiencing Film Lessons, Lynn's students hone their observation skills by "watching" with their ears, and create symbols to describe what they hear.


Sources: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/perspective, http://www.flickr.com/photos/43052603@N00/5080828464/, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/perspective


See Also:

Perspective Storytelling

Baskets Full of Stories

Perspective Photography

Perspective Storytelling (honeybees)