In this support lesson, students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character in order to understand their motivation. Use this as a support for the lesson What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation.
Students will understand that the theme is the central idea or underlying message of the text.
Students will be able to make an inference with sentence structures using sentence frames.
Tell students that today they will be learning some sentence structures and vocabulary that will help them make inferences to determine a character's motivation in a story.
Explain that in fifth grade, they will be expected to understand the theme of a story. However, in order to find the theme, they must first understand what a character wants or the reason for their actions (i.e., their motivation).