Lesson Plan

Main Idea and Details in Fiction

In this EL support lesson, your students will use introductory phrases to write about the main idea and details in a fictional story.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotationslesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotationslesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to use the close reading strategy to understand a text more deeply.

Language

Students will be able to write about the main idea and details in a fictional text with introductory phrases using sentence frames and a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Graphic Organizer Template: Frayer ModelGraphic Organizer Template: Concept WebStone SoupMain Idea of a Story WorksheetTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceStory Comprehension: What's in a Story?Reading Fiction: Main Idea and DetailsVocabulary Cards: Main Idea and Details in FictionGlossary: Main Idea and Details in Fiction
  • Tell students that today they will practice finding the main idea of a story.
  • Using a story that students are familiar with, provide an example (e.g., "The Tortoise and the Hare" is mostly about a race between the two main characters.).
  • Explain that they will use a graphic organizer and sentence frames to help them write about the main idea and details.