Lesson: Main Idea (fiction), Lesson 19

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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 that all of the events listed are about the problem.



  • Book Baggies with leveled fiction books
  • Problems in Fiction Graphic Organizers student copies
  • Familiar Read Aloud and Graphic Organizer for the Read Aloud



Connection: Yesterday I taught you to only include the most important events on your list. Today I am going to show you how to reread your list to make sure all of the important events are included.



Teach: When you finish a book, you can use your list of important events to help you summarize the story. However, you need to reread the list of events carefully to make sure you didn’t leave any important ones off. Let me show you how I do this with my list. Show students a list of events from another familiar book. Make sure to leave out one of the most important events. Think aloud as you notice – and add –what is missing. Did you notice how I carefully reread my list? Did you notice that rereading the list helped me realize what I was missing?


Active Engagement: Take a look at your list. Make sure you have included a list of all the most important events.



Link: Remember to reread your list of events whenever you finish reading a book. This will help you notice if you are missing any important events!



Share: Did anyone notice that they were missing an important event on their list? Remember, rereading your list will help you notice if you are missing anything important.

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