Lesson: Main Idea (fiction), Lesson 7

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT identify the elements of fiction (problem, solution, character, and setting); SWBAT select and justify the most important event in a book; SWBAT identify the theme of a work as what the author is trying to tell the reader.

Lesson Plan

Edward W. Brooke Charter School

Problems in Fiction Unit


Mini-Lesson: Readers can reread if they have trouble identifying the problem.



  • Book Baggies with leveled fiction books
  • Click Clack Moo (or other familiar Read Aloud)



Connection: Yesterday you learned how to identify the problem of your book with a post-it note. Sometimes finding the problem in a book is easy, but sometimes this task can be tricky. Today I am going to teach you what to do if you have trouble figuring out what the problem of your book.



Teach: If you have trouble identifying the problem of your book you can go back and reread. Sometimes the problem is more obvious the second time around. I used this strategy when I first read the book, Wriggly Squiggly.  At first I thought the problem was that the mountain climber was scaring the baby monster, but that didn’t seem right to me. So, I went back and reread. The second time I read the story, I realized that the problem was that the monsters had captured the mountain climber and he couldn’t escape.  Did you notice that I figured out the problem by rereading the story?



Active Engagement: Hold up Click, Clack Moo (or any book that students are familiar with, but haven’t read for a while).  Say, “I’m not sure what the problem is in this story. I read it once and I couldn’t quite figure it out. Turn and tell your partner what I should do.”



Link: You should always try to identify the problem whenever you begin reading a book. If you have trouble figuring it out, go back and reread. The problem often becomes clearer the second or third time around.



Share: Who used “rereading” as a strategy to figure out the problem of their book? Remember to try this strategy whenever you have trouble identifying the problem of your book. 

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