In a Story-based Recitation, you present the first-person, second-person, or third-person account of an event. Bring stories to life as you re-animate them. You will need to do your homework to understand the context of the passage and the nuances of the unique perspective you are presenting.

First Person

First person is the I/we perspective. The “first person” refers to the speaker themself and uses the subjet pronoun “I” (unless plural). When reciting in the first person you are giving the account of events as if it were your own.

This has implications in how you recite, because in order to accurately present the text, you need to take on the qualities of the person whose account you are telling. If reciting Nehemiah chapter 6, then you need to become Nehemiah.

With first person recitations, you are giving an account of external events but you also have access to the mind of the person in the story. To tell a story from the first person, make sure that you understand their character.

Second Person

Second person refers to the addressee. It uses the subject pronoun “you.” The speaker is addressing “you.” In reciting, the second person is more common in a teaching-type discourse rather than a story.

Third Person

Third person refers to a third party individual. It uses the subject pronouns “he,” “she,” “it,” “they.” This is the most common perspective for telling a story.

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