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Problem and Solution Practice

Help your ELs learn how to identify the problem and solution in a fictional text by using transition words as a foundation for their understanding. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support to the lesson There’s No I in Theme-work!
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the There’s No I in Theme-work! lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the There’s No I in Theme-work! lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to find and articulate the theme of a fictional text as a general life lesson.

Language

Students will be able to determine and write about the problem and solution in a fiction text with transition words using sentence frames.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Tell students that today they will be learning about the problem and solution in fictional stories.
  • Provide an antecdotal example of problem and solution, such as the following: "This morning, I poured a bowl of cereal for myself for breakfast. But, when I looked in the refrigerator, I realized I didn't have any milk. So, I decided to have a smoothie for breakfast instead."
  • Explain that when you didn't have milk, that was a problem. But, when you made something different for breakfast, that was a solution.