Lesson: Main Idea (fiction), Lesson 24
Edward W. Brooke Charter School
Problems in Fiction Unit
Mini-Lesson: Readers know that the most important event can be when the problem moves from getting worse to getting better.
- Book Baggies with leveled fiction books
- Familiar Read Aloud 1 (suggested: Owen)
- Familiar Read Aloud 2 (suggested: Knuffle Bunny Too)
Connection: Yesterday readers you learned that the most important event in a book can be when the problem gets much better. Today, we will discover that sometimes this change can be when the problem moves from getting worse to getting better.
Teaching Point: Every fiction book you read has one big problem and different things happen throughout the book that makes that problem better or worse. It’s important for readers to notice the most important part in their fiction books.
Sometimes that important part happens when the problem stops getting worse and something happens to start making it better. Let me show you what I mean in the book Owen by Kevin Henkes. Many things happen in Owen that make the problem worse.
Owen’s parents try to take Fuzzy away by telling Owen about the Blanket Fairy.
His parents then try to take Fuzzy away because the blanket is dirty.
Fuzzy was then covered in vinegar so that the blanket would taste bad.
Owen’s parents then told him that Fuzzy had to go.
However, there is a big change that happens at the end of the story that makes the problem better.
Owen’s mother cuts Fuzzy into handkerchief pieces so that Owen can always carry a little piece of his blanket with him wherever he goes.
Active Engagement: Tell your partner the big change that happens at the end of Knuffle Bunny Too (or read aloud of choice) that stops the problem from getting worse and starts makes it much better. Turn and talk.
Link: Today your job as a reader is notice if the important part at the end of your books makes the problem much better.
Share: Who found that the big problem in their books stopped getting worse at the end of their book and started making it better?
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