Capture and Connect the Details!
Students will be able to identify key events in a myth or tall tale and use them to determine the central idea.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Introduce the lesson by posing the question: What is a tall tale?
- Give students the opportunity to share their thinking
- Tell the students that they will be learning to “capture” and use events from tall tales or myths to identify the central idea of each story.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Demonstrate the process of creating a foldable by folding a piece of construction paper once lengthwise and twice on the width. (After you have folded the paper you should have eight small rectangles.)
- Explain to the students that they will be creating their own foldable and using it later in the lesson.
- Begin reading one story from selected anthology. As you read, model the process of recording one important event inside each square.
- Show the students how the ideas can be used to find the central idea in the text.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Create an additional foldable, this time with the purpose of using it in guided practice.
- Read a separate short story from one of the anthologies, stopping periodically.
- Invite students to help you fill in eight sections of the foldable with events from the text.
- Cut apart the rectangles on the lines and use a piece of tape or magnet to affix each one to the board.
- Invite students to participate in moving the ideas around on the board, grouping them to represent a central idea.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Divide students into four different groups and distribute one of the following four texts to each group: Mike Fink, Pecos Bill, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, and Paul Bunyan. (If desired, give multiple copies of the book to the same group or use alternate text selections.)
- Give each person in the group a piece of paper, pencil, and scissors to create their foldable.
- Have the students read alternately (such as a pair reading chorally and then another pair reading chorally) and then complete their graphic organizers with events from the text.
- Invite students to work as a group to determine central ideas.
- Have the students write their own modified versions of tall tales and then swap with a partner to determine key events and central ideas.
- Use highlighter tape to highlight focal sections of text for the students.
- Provide alternate text or leveled readers for students to use in independent practice time.
- Have students create a set of slides and pictures that portrays the events found in the text.
- Utilize an interactive whiteboard and have the students sort and determine which events would support a main idea and which events would not support that idea.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Have students choose one of the texts that they heard or read.
- Ask students to complete the Connect the Events worksheet.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Invite students to share the book that they worked on during independent work time.
- Ask students to share the key events that led them to find the central ideas.