EL Support Lesson

Finding the Key Details

Introduce students to fictional story elements with a book by first grade favorite, Mo Willems! This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details lesson plan.

First graders are improving their reading comprehensions skills every day. Help them develop it further with the lesson plan Finding the Key Details. Geared towards EL learners, this EL support lesson introduces children to the KWL chart to help identify key details in a story. Using Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems, children will be taught how to use the chart to ask important questions and organize their information—providing a nice introduction to writing organization skills.


Students will recall and comprehend key details and the story message.


Students will be able to recall key details from a fiction text with grade level words using visual and written supports.

(2 minutes)
  • Display the read aloud text for today's lesson to the class.
  • Tell the class the title of the book and ask if they have any ideas or prior knowledge of what the book might be about. You can ask guiding questions. For example:
    • What other stories have you read about similar characters?
    • What does "mistaken identity" mean?
    • What things do you notice on the cover of this book?
  • Record student thinking under the K column of a pre-written and posted KWL chart on the board.
(8 minutes)
  • Introduce the tiered vocabulary words using the vocabulary cards and glossary.
  • Have students practice using the new vocabulary words by turning and talking to a partner using the sentence starter, "The ____ means ____."
  • Explain that today students will practice finding key details in a read-aloud text using a KWL chart for support.
  • Point to the KWL chart. Explain that the K means "What I already know," the W means, "What I wonder," and the L means, "What I have learned."
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud one half of the book, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.
  • Pause midway through the text and ask the students to think about the key details that they have learned so far. You can ask guiding questions to prompt student thinking. For example:
    • Who is the main character?
    • Where is the setting or where does the story take place?
    • What is the problem in the story?
    • How do you know?
  • Ask students to think about additional questions they have about the story. Invite students to turn and talk to share the things they wonder with a partner.
  • Have students share out with the class and record their thinking on the W portion of the KWL chart.
(15 minutes)
  • Read the rest of the story.
  • As you read, pause to note additional key details in the story.
  • Have students turn and talk to share what they have learned about the story using the sentence starter, "I learned ____."
  • Pass out papers to the students and have them write an L at the top of their page. Then have them independently write or draw 2–3 key things that they learned from the story.


  • Read an additional story with students and practice identifying key details from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.


  • Encourage students to write longer and more complex sentences about the key details in the story.
(2 minutes)
  • Informally assess understanding as students are sharing their thinking to check if they are able to identify key details from the text.
  • Collect student work samples and assess if students were able to identify key details in the text while recording what they learned.
(3 minutes)
  • Gather the class and have students share out one key detail they learned from the text. Record the ideas on the classroom KWL chart.
  • Have students further reflect on the lesson by turning and talking to a partner to answer the sentence starter: "I learned ____ today."

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