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Problem and Solution Summaries

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.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Traditional Literature: Story Mappinglesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Traditional Literature: Story Mappinglesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify problems and solutions in literature.

Language

Students will be able to retell the problem and solution of a story with conjunctions using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Part 1: Finding the Problem and the Solution with Question WordsPart 2: Summarizing the Problem and the Solution with a Paragraph FrameTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceVocabulary Cards: Problem and Solution SummariesGlossary: Problem and Solution Summaries
  • 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.