Use this lesson to guide your ELs towards identifying and discussing the problem and solution in a story. Teach this lesson as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Traditional Literature: Story Mapping.
Students will be able to identify problems and solutions in literature.
Students will be able to retell the problem and solution of a story with conjunctions using a graphic organizer.
Draw a T-chart on the board and write the word "problem" on one side and "solution" on the other side.
Share an example of a problem that you had in your life and the solution to the problem. (E.g., "One day, my car broke down while I was driving to pick my son up from school, so I called his school and asked if his friend's mom could take him home until I could get help with my car.") Write the problem and solution in the T-chart.
Instruct students to turn to their partner and share an example of a problem they had in their life and how they came to a solution.
Distribute the Glossary worksheet and read the student-friendly definitions for problem and solution. (Note: Consider including cognates or definitions in their home language (L1) if appropriate.)
Ask students to draw a picture for each definition. Remind students that they may refer to the definition and visuals in their glossaries throughout the lesson.
Read the language objectives. Explain that today we will find the problem and solution in a story.