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Determining the Central Message or Lesson of a Story

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This lesson introduces the idea of central message or lesson. Students will:

  • define the terms central message or lesson.
  • identify key details that lead the reader to the central message or lesson of a story.
  • identify the central message or lesson of a literary text.


Essential Questions

  • How do strategic readers create meaning from informational and literary text?
  • What is this text really about?


Vocabulary

  • Central Message: The big idea of a story.
  • Lesson:What an author wants the reader to learn from a story.
  • Key Details: Important pieces of information that support the central message or lesson of a story.


Duration

60 minutes/2 class periods


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Materials

  • a bag or small box containing three or four objects related to a central idea (e.g., A fishing lure, fishing line, a hat, and a bobber are objects related to going fishing.)
  • The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland. Hodder Children’s Press, 2010. This book was chosen because it has a rhythmic dimension that presents a story about friendship and kindness.
  • Alternate books should be stories that have a clear central message or lesson. Examples include the following books by Jan Brett:
  • The Mitten. Putnam Juvenile, 2009.
  • Town Mouse, Country Mouse. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1994.
  • Comet’s Nine Lives. Puffin, 2001.
  • Daisy Comes Home. Puffin, 2005.
  • Teachers may substitute other books to provide a range of reading and level of text complexity.
  • enough literary texts for each student to have one at his/her reading level
  • copies of Central Message graphic organizer (L-1-1-1_Central Message Graphic Organizer.docx)


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The instructional procedures provide a helpful script for the new teacher. I found the list materials helpful - all the books provide wonderful illustrations that relate well to the stories.

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