Lesson: 2: Analyzing Tension Caused by a Problem

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify and describe how the problem in a story causes tension between the characters.

Lesson Plan

Direct Teaching
(I)       will explain that in the plot of a story, usually the problem causes tension (a strained relationship) between characters. I will analyze the tension in Ruby’s Wish through a graphic organizer. (Example graphic organizer is provided.) I will explain how the tension between the characters affects their relationship.
Guided Practice
(We)       will read The Story of Noodles by Ying Chang Compestine and discuss the problem in the book—the brothers have destroyed their mother’s kitchen table and have changed her famous dumplings. We will use a graphic organizer to identify and describe how the problem caused tension between the brothers and the parents.
Independent Practice
(You)       will read a Guided Reading or Independent Book on your level, thinking about a problem in the story. You will describe how the problem causes tension between two characters using a graphic organizer. (Independent Practice is provided.)

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Lesson Resources

Direct Teaching Teacher Example   Notes
Guided Practice Graphic Organizer  
Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork


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