Lesson: Main Idea (fiction), Lesson 21

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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 think about all the events in their book, they can pick one event that they think is most important.


  • Book Baggies with leveled fiction books
  • Familiar Read Aloud 1 (suggested: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon)
  • Familiar Read Aloud 2 (suggested: One Green Apple)



Connection: Scholars, for the last few days, we have been working on recording the big problem in our books, and the important events that made that problem better or worse.  Today I am going to teach you how to look over your list of important events, and choose one that you think is most important.



Teach:  When we record the important events in our books, we record ALL the important events that have to do with the big problem.  But readers don’t just record these important events.  Readers are always thinking and one things they are thinking about is the most important event in the book.  Authors don’t usually tell you the most important event in your book.  It is up to the reader to decide.  Listen to how I think about the most important event in the book "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon."  Notice how I have to think about all the events in the book, and then decide which one is the most important.

(Think Aloud) Molly Lou Melon was short, had buck teeth, and a terrible voice, but she didn’t mind.  Then she had to move and go to a new school.  There, Ronald Durkin decided to make fun of Molly and called her Shrimpo, but right after he did that she ran right under his legs.  The next day he calls her “bucky tooth beaver” and she shows him how she can stack pennies on her teeth…

I think the most important event in the book is when Molly runs right under the legs of Ronald Durkin after he calls her “Shrimpo” because right away she is showing him that she is proud of who she is and she doesn’t care what he thinks…



Active Engagement: Hold up another familiar read aloud such as “One Green Apple”.  Say: There are lots of important events in the books, but I want you to think about which one you think is most important.  In a minute, you are going to turn and talk to your partner.  I expect that you and you partner will choose different events and that’s ok!  Just be sure you carefully explain your choice to your partner.



Link: Scholars, today and everyday when you finish a book and have thought about all the important events, choose the one event that you think is most important.  Make sure you have a reason for you choice.



Share: Scholars, today I taught you that readers think about all the important events in the book, and choose the most important one.  Who did this today and would like to share their thinking?

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