Lesson: Analyze Details and Draw Conclulsions: Identify Narrator 3

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Lesson Objective

Students can identify the speaker in a text.

Lesson Plan

Day 3:


Identify the speaker at all points in a text, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and within dialogue.

Big Idea:

Readers can identify the speaker at all times.


Teaching Point:

You need to know right away who is narrating a text. Sometimes it is an outside person ( the writer) that is telling the story or facts.



Reading binders, highlighters and pencils, copies of The Chalk Box Kid,    



Connect:  Readers, today we are going to continue our unit all about identifying the speaker in different types of texts.  Yesterday we looked at some texts where the narrator is a character in the story or participant (someone involved) in the text. Today we are going to notice when the narrator is an outside person (the writer) that is telling a story or telling facts.

Genre Review: Readers, before we begin today, I am going to show you the books where our shared texts come from. This book is called “The Chalk Box Kid”. It is from the Realistic Fiction genre. Realistic fiction is a specific type of fiction.  Now that we know the genre, we know that everything that happens in a realistic fiction book could truly happen in real life, but it did not. This book will contain characters that seem real. They think, talk, and act just like real humans do. The events that happen in a realistic fiction book will be the same events that could happen in real life. We need to keep this genre in mind while we read, so we can predict the types of characters we will meet and the types of events that will happen in a realistic fiction book.

Teaching:  Readers, when you are beginning a new text, you need to know right away who is narrating the text. Sometimes the narrator an outside person that is telling the story. This narrator is NOT a character in the story. Today we are going to be noticing when the narrator is an outside person that is just telling a story.

Read aloud chapter one of “The Chalk Box Kid”.  Discuss how the narrator is telling a story about Gregory, but is not in any way involved in the story. The narrator is the author herself. She tells the story about Gregory and she can tell the reader everything he does, how he feels, and what he is thinking inside his head.


Active Engagement:  Scholars, we are going to look at some more examples from some books you may be familiar with. Today you will be looking at the selections and trying to decide if the narrator is a character or an outside person. I will give your partnerships some time to read  from the first selection and discuss. On the top of your page, please write CHARACTER or OUTSIDER . We’ll share out our ideas after each selection. (Continue with turn and talks. Do as many as you feel necessary).

Link:   Scholars, today, and everyday you need to be able to identify the speaker in your text. When you are reading during workshop today, you should notice if the narrator is an outside person that is telling the story. If you find a book that has a narrator that is an outside person, you can put a post-it note on this page (bookmark, remember number, etc) and bring it to share at the end of workshop.

Share: Have scholars share examples of narrators that are outside the text. Ask students to identify their book title, genre, and clues from the text. 




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