Lesson: Main Idea (fiction), Lesson 23
Edward W. Brooke Charter School
Problems in Fiction Unit
Mini-Lesson: Readers know that the most important event can be the one that makes the problem got much better.
- Book Baggies with leveled fiction books
- Familiar Read Aloud 1 (suggested: Owen)
- Familiar Read Aloud 2 (suggested: Chrysanthemum)
- Post Its
Connection: Yesterday, you learned how the most important event in your story is when there is a BIG CHANGE and how that change can be when the problem gets worse. Today we are going to talk about another kind of change you might see in your books.
Teach: Scholars, the most important event in a book is when a really BIG CHANGE happens in the story. Things in the story are different before the most important event then they are after the most important event. You must be able to explain why the event is the most important and it can help you to think about how the story changes after that event. One way that the most important event can change the story is that the big problem gets much better after the most important event. Let me show you what I mean. In the book Owen, the most important event is when Owen’s mother decided to make a handkerchief out of Fuzzy. There is a BIG CHANGE after this event because before this event, Owen is very sad about having to leave Fuzzy home and after this event he feels much better. This events caused a BIG CHANGE and made the problem MUCH BETTER. Did you notice how in the event I picked for the most important event, there was a BIG CHANGE after the event? Did you notice how the problem got much better after this event?
Active Engagement: Scholars, I am going to show you a book that we have read before, Chrysanthemum, I want you to think about the most important event in this book and remember that there must be a BIG CHANGE after the most important event. Turn and talk with your partner about what you think the most important event is.
Link: I want each of you to think about the most important event in your book. When we come back for our share you need to be able to tell the most important event in your book and why. (Option: post-it note to write down?)
Share: Have students share post-it notes or share orally the most important event and why.
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