Lesson Plan

What Was the Problem?

Use this lesson to teach your students to use the correct past tense language when speaking about a story they have read. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Fiction Comprehension: Problem and Solution* lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Fiction Comprehension: Problem and Solution lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Fiction Comprehension: Problem and Solution lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify the problem and solution in a fictional text.

Language

Students will be able to describe problems in fictional texts with past tense verbs using sentence stems.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Graphic Organizer Template: Frayer ModelTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceExplain the ProblemIt’s Grammar Time: Past Tense VerbsGlossary: What Was the Problem?Vocabulary Cards: What Was the Problem?
  • Ask students a series of questions about what they did this morning, last night, or earlier in the week. For example, "What did you eat for breakfast? How did you get to school? What did you have for dinner last night?"
  • Have them answer the questions with a partner, and listen for the verb forms they are using. When students correctly use the past tense form of a verb, jot it down to discuss.
  • Tell students that you asked them to tell you things they already did, which required them to use the past tense. Past tense reflects an action that has already happened or a state that already existed.
  • Explain to students that they will be listening to and reading short passages today and speaking about them in the past tense form.