Central Message, Lesson or Moral in Fiction Texts Resources

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Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
This main idea worksheet guides your child through reading comprehension practice. Download today to get started!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Fox and the Crow
The Fox and the Crow
Worksheet
The Fox and the Crow
Stories are a fantastic way to teach kids important life lessons. This reading comprehension worksheet uses the classic Aesop’s fable—The Fox and the Crow—to get your students thinking about the central lesson of a story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Finding the Theme
Finding the Theme
Worksheet
Finding the Theme
Use this reading comprehension resource to help your students identify the theme of a story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Get 5 more days of activities with week 2 of our independent study packet for second graders.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Main Idea of a Story
Main Idea of a Story
Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story
Finding the main idea of a story is a fundamental reading comprehension skill. Help your child tackle reading with this beginner's worksheet!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension Practice Test
Reading Comprehension Practice Test
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension Practice Test
What's the main idea? Help your child review reading comprehension questions like this with this at-home practice test.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Ant and the Grasshopper
Worksheet
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Ant and the Grasshopper is a fable that teaches kids the value of hard work. Kids will focus on comprehension and predictions in this worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Lion and the Mouse Fable
The Lion and the Mouse Fable
Worksheet
The Lion and the Mouse Fable
Want to help your young readers learn to discern the central message or lesson of fictional stories? Have your students read this short version of the classic fable of the "Lion and the Mouse" by Aesop to practice determining the moral.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Be a Text Detective
Be a Text Detective
Workbook
Be a Text Detective
Take reading a piece and a clue at a time to help your child improve his reading skills. Ask and answer questions like who, what, where, when and why, about details, key info and using text evidence.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Help budding fourth graders prepare for a new year of learning with the help of our Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Story Comprehension: What's in a Story?
Story Comprehension: What's in a Story?
Worksheet
Story Comprehension: What's in a Story?
Story webs organize a story into one main idea and several details. Help your second grader read the story, then analyze it using the story web.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Poetry Themes
Poetry Themes
Lesson Plan
Poetry Themes
Encourage your students to translate their understanding of theme to poetry. In this lesson, students will evaluate the theme of poems by sketching pictures and citing text evidence.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Story Sleuth: Reading Comprehension
Story Sleuth: Reading Comprehension
Workbook
Story Sleuth: Reading Comprehension
A central component of reading comprehension is the ability to understand the main idea or theme of a text. In this series, your child will practice basic analysis of a short story or poem.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
A Holiday Bedtime Story
A Holiday Bedtime Story
Workbook
A Holiday Bedtime Story
This workbook is a festive way to work on reading comprehension strategies.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Reader’s Theater: Camping in the Cold
Reader’s Theater: Camping in the Cold
Worksheet
Reader’s Theater: Camping in the Cold
In this Reader's Theater worksheet, students read a script, then answer the reading comprehension questions that follow.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Read Between the Lines
Read Between the Lines
Workbook
Read Between the Lines
When it comes to reading, it’s all about inferring. Kids can learn how to use clues in a text to understand a character’s thoughts or follow the action, in this book about jumping to conclusions.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Panchatantra: "The Gold-Giving Snake"
Panchatantra: "The Gold-Giving Snake"
Worksheet
Panchatantra: "The Gold-Giving Snake"
What if you met a snake who could make you rich? Enjoy one of the classic Panchatantra stories, animal fables from India that have a moral lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Think About Theme: The Golden Nugget
Think About Theme: The Golden Nugget
Worksheet
Think About Theme: The Golden Nugget
Young readers practice identifying the theme of a story in this thoughtful fable about two friends who find gold in the forest.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This final installment of our Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet offers five more days of fun and diverse learning activities to prepare children to enter fifth grade with confidence.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Venn Diagram Collage
Venn Diagram Collage
Lesson Plan
Venn Diagram Collage
Arts and crafts, Venn diagrams, and literature all come together as students compare and contrast stories. Opportunities for student creativity are endless!
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
The Crow and the Jug
The Crow and the Jug
Worksheet
The Crow and the Jug
Short stories, such as The Crow and the Jug, make great reading comprehension tools. Use this short Aesop’s fable to get your second graders thinking about central lessons and morals.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What's the Moral?
What's the Moral?
Lesson Plan
What's the Moral?
This lesson focuses on the comprehension of fables and folktales in order to identify a moral or lesson. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Finding the Moral lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Close Reading Through Word Choice
Close Reading Through Word Choice
Lesson Plan
Close Reading Through Word Choice
Every great reader and writer knows that syntax matters. During this lesson, students will use the close reading strategy to focus on word choice, and use their understanding of syntax to develop theories about patterns in the text.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Character Traits
Character Traits
Lesson Plan
Character Traits
What makes a character special? Their traits, of course. With help from The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg, students will enjoy completing character maps and learning about different character traits.
3rd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Men of Myth
Men of Myth
Workbook
Men of Myth
This workbook takes a snapshot of select heroes from Norse and Irish-Celtic stories: Thor and Cu Chullain. Their exciting deeds give kids noteworthy reading, writing and critical thinking practice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook

Central Message, Lesson or Moral in Fiction Texts Resources

The ability to understand the key message in a passage is a critical reading comprehension skill. These resources give your child short text blocks to read and ask comprehensive questions to get your young one on the path to discovering themes, lessons, and messages themselves. For more practice, see our identifying main topics in non-fiction texts resources.

Once your students are able to read well and can understand the structure of a story you can teach them about the moral, or central message, of the story. Often presented in an analogous way, the central message of the fictional piece is a lesson that the author presents to the reader without putting it forward bluntly, forcing the reader to look beyond the text on the page, as it is in informational writing.
Teaching children to understand this can be difficult as it is an abstract concept. You can start by reinforcing the commonalities of physical objects, causing the children to see a uniting theme between different items. This can be applied when recalling the story as they search for the theme or message of the piece.
Some common themes and ways to identify them are:
  • Acceptance - Characters respect and accept others who are different
  • Courage - Characters overcome fear
  • Compassion - Characters try to placate those who are suffering
  • Honesty - Characters discover that telling the truth is best
  • Kindness - Characters are generous and considerate of others
Reading stories with the children, followed by a question and answer period is the best way to reinforce this concept. Above, Education.com has provided many stories with themes and morals, along with questions that may help steer the students towards finding and understanding the moral of the stories so they can start to identify them on their own.
Teaching students to identify hidden meanings and reading between the lines helps them understand more complex story structures later in their education.