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The 'person' in a piece of writing has changed inappropriately, e.g. a piece of writing in the third person has suddenly switched to the first person. This often happens when a child gets caught up in their writing and perceives the events from their own point of view, as if they were a character, e.g. "He drew his sword and slashed at the dragon. The dragon roared, and I ran away."


The teacher may highlight the incorrect pronoun to help the child see where the problem is. Often in children's writing, the incorrect pronoun then carries on through the remainder of the text. The teacher may only highlight the first instance to draw the child's attention to this problem.


The child responds by writing the correct pronoun above the incorrect one.




Examples to follow.




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