Lesson: Main Idea (fiction), Lesson 27

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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: Authors write fiction to teach you something.  You should use the problem to think about what the author is trying to teach you.

 


Materials:

  • Book Baggies with leveled fiction books
  • Familiar Read Aloud 1 (suggested: Strega Nona)
  • Familiar Read Aloud 2 (suggested: Folk Tale of teacher's choice)

 

 

Connection: Yesterday you learned that the most important event is something that changes the problem for the better or worse. Today I am going to teach you how to figure out the lesson that the author is trying to teach.

 

 

Teach: Authors often write fiction to teach the reader a lesson. For example, in the book Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out the lesson, but you can use what you know about the problem to think about what the author might be trying to teach you. Let me show you. When I first read the book, Strega Nona, I wasn’t sure what the lesson was. But then I thought about the problem. The problem was that the town was almost drowned in pasta. The problem began when Big Anthony touched the pasta pot, even though Strega Nona told him not to. So, I think the lesson that Tomie Depaola is trying to teach us is to follow directions! Did you notice how I used the problem to figure this out?

 

Active Engagement: Hold up another familiar book with a clear problem that is related to the lesson (a folktale could be good here). Use what you know about the problem to tell your partner the lesson of this story.

 

Link: Today and every time you read fiction, use what you know about the problem to figure out what the author is trying to teach you.

 

Share: Who was able to use the problem to figure out what the author was trying to teach you? 

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