Lesson: Main Idea (fiction), Lesson 20

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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: When readers are finished reading, they reread their list of important events to make sure it explains how the problem was solved.



  • Book Baggies with leveled fiction books
  • Familiar Read Aloud and corresponing Problems in Fiction Graphic Organizer
  • Problems in Fiction Graphic Organizers studnet copies



Connection:  Scholars, yesterday I taught you that when readers are finished reading, they reread their list of important events to make sure that all of the events listed are about the problem.  Today I am going to teach you that readers reread that list again to make sure it explain how the problem is solved.



Teach:  Scholars, we know that every fiction book has a big problem and that that problem is always solved by the end of the book.  Over the last few days, we have been practicing recording the problem and the important events that made that problem get better or worse.  We do this to help us remember what our book was all about.  The solution is a big part of the book, so it is very important that the important events we write down explain how the problem was solved.

Let me show you want I mean.  Here is my graphic organizer for the book The Dot (or other familiar read aloud).  Let me read it for you (model one that does not clearly explain how the problem was solved.



Active Engagement: In a minute, I want you to switch graphic  organizers with your partner.  You will read your partner’s graphic  organizers and they will read yours.  Then you need to explain to your partner how you think the problem in their story is solved (based on their graphic organizer).



Link: Scholars, today and everyday when you use a graphic organizer to record the big problem in your book and the important events that make the problem better or worse, you need to reread what you have written and make sure that it is clear how the big problem is solved.  Otherwise, the graphic organizer will not be useful to you.



Share:  By the end of the lesson, make sure you select one or two students to share their graphic organizers.

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