Lesson: Main Idea (fiction), Lesson 26
Edward W. Brooke Charter School
Problems in Fiction Unit
Mini-Lesson: When readers explain the most important event, they saw what was going on before the event and then after the event because there should be a big change.
- Book Baggies with leveled fiction books
- Familiar Read Aloud 1 (suggested: Ferdinand)
- Familiar Read Aloud 2 (suggested: It’s Mine, Strega Nona, Weekend with Wendell, Chester’s Way, etc.)
Connection: Yesterday we learned that readers pick a most important event and explain why it is important using the word “because.” Today we are going to learn that when readers explain the most important event they can tell what was happening before that big event and after it because there should have been a big change.
Teach: Scholars, we have been reading lots of fiction books and we have been working on noticing when an event relates to the problem by making it get better or worse. We have learned that we can figure out which ones of these is the most important by looking for the one that changes the story A LOT. When we explain why we think something’s the most important, good readers must be able to say what was happening before the event and what happens after the event to show that they know why what they picked is so important to the story. Let me show you what I mean. We have read the book Ferdinand before, and I think the most important event is when Ferdinand sits on the bumble bee because that changes the story A LOT. Before he sat on the bee, Ferdinand just sat and smelled flowers, appearing to be the gentlest bull in the herd. After he sat on the bee, he goes crazy and appears to be the most ferocious bull, causing him to be picked for the big bullfight in Madrid. Did you notice how I picked the event that changed the story A LOT? Did you notice how I could tell what was going on in the story before the event I picked (Ferdinand was being himself and smelling the flowers) and after the event (Ferdinand going crazy and being picked for the fight) so that I could prove that the event was the most important one in the story?
Active Engagement: Now it’s your turn. I am going to read you one of our read alouds, and I want you to notice the most important event (the one that changes the story A LOT) by thinking about what happened before the event and what happens after the event. You are going to turn and talk with your partner about the event that you chose, so be prepared to explain to your partner what you noticed happening before and after the event you pick that makes it the most important. (Read a familiar read aloud with a most important event that is very clear, thinking aloud about the big change the event caused; some good examples include: It’s Mine, Strega Nona, Weekend with Wendell, Chester’s Way). Turn and talk with your partner about the most important event that changed the story A LOT and what you noticed was happening before/after the event.
Link: today when you go read from your book baggies, and whenever you read, I want you to notice what is happening before the most important event and what is happening after the event so that you can explain why you think a particular event is the most important.
Share: who was able to find the most important event in their book and explain why they chose this particular event by telling what was going on before the event and what happened after it?
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