Central Message, Lesson or Moral in Fiction Texts Resources

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Loki Myths: Loki and the Builder
Loki Myths: Loki and the Builder
Worksheet
Loki Myths: Loki and the Builder
Here's a Loki myth to satisfy fans of this sneaky god: Loki and the Builder, where he tries to outwit an equally sneaky human.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Lesson Plan
Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text
Students will read a short fictional story and discuss why the author included certain details and words. Use this lesson to help your students navigate parts of fictional text to determine the author's purpose!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Tree of Cranes
Tree of Cranes
Lesson Plan
Tree of Cranes
This winter-themed lesson plan, which incorporates the book *Tree of Cranes* by Allen Say, teaches students about Japanese traditions and customs. They will review the basic elements of a narrative story, and then write their own narratives about a special event or moment in their life.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary Cards: Sorting & Describing Books
Vocabulary Cards: Sorting & Describing Books
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Sorting & Describing Books
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Sorting & Describing Books.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Connect the Events
Connect the Events
Worksheet
Connect the Events
With this open-ended worksheet and graphic organizer students can practice locating events and connecting these events to a central idea.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Book Poster
Book Poster
Worksheet
Book Poster
Explore the major themes of your reading assignment by making a book poster. Don't forget the tagline!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Summer Drama
Summer Drama
Lesson Plan
Summer Drama
You won't strike out with this lesson on finding the theme of a script. Use this lesson to help your students identify the elements of a script and find the theme.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Elves and the Shoemaker: Writing Response
The Elves and the Shoemaker: Writing Response
Worksheet
The Elves and the Shoemaker: Writing Response
Use this writing response to test your little reader's understanding of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" by the Brothers Grimm.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: What's the Moral?
Glossary: What's the Moral?
Worksheet
Glossary: What's the Moral?
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: What's the Moral?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Common Theme Words
Glossary: Common Theme Words
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Glossary: Common Theme Words
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Common Theme Words.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Common Theme Words
Common Theme Words
Lesson Plan
Common Theme Words
In this support lesson, your EL students will learn eight common theme words and will practice applying them to a short story. Use this lesson as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Determining the Theme of a Poem.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Learning About Día de los Muertos
Learning About Día de los Muertos
Lesson Plan
Learning About Día de los Muertos
Students will learn about the holiday El Día de los Muertos through engaging activities and connecting to their own traditions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary Cards: What's the Moral?
Vocabulary Cards: What's the Moral?
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: What's the Moral?
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: What's the Moral?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea: At the Movies
Main Idea: At the Movies
Worksheet
Main Idea: At the Movies
Children will love this imaginative worksheet that invites them to identify the main idea of a movie plot by coming up with a title for it!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Sorting & Describing Books
Glossary: Sorting & Describing Books
Worksheet
Glossary: Sorting & Describing Books
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Sorting & Describing Books.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Figuring Out the Theme
Glossary: Figuring Out the Theme
Worksheet
Glossary: Figuring Out the Theme
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Figuring Out the Theme.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
A Visual Glossary of Theme Words
A Visual Glossary of Theme Words
Worksheet
A Visual Glossary of Theme Words
Use these picture cards to introduce your students to 16 common theme words.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Figuring Out the Theme
Vocabulary Cards: Figuring Out the Theme
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Figuring Out the Theme
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Figuring Out the Theme.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Cool Bookmarks 3
Cool Bookmarks 3
Worksheet
Cool Bookmarks 3
Put a personalized twist on the old-school bookmark and your young reader will make the experience more fun for himself by reviewing the book as he goes.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Common Theme Words
Vocabulary Cards: Common Theme Words
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Common Theme Words
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Common Theme Words.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

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.