The True Story of the Three Little Pigs takes the classic tale of the Big Bad Wolf and turns it on its head. In this version, the wolf tells the story from his perspective as a wrongfully punished criminal.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is a smart choice for readers who are becoming more sophisticated at determining importance while reading. Readers will need to recognize how the text structure and character descriptions in this version tell us something new and important about this classic story.
This charming nonfiction book covers all things snails—what they eat, where they live, and why they are slimy.
The determining importance lesson plan for Are You a Snail? encourages readers to stop throughout the text to notice interesting facts, ask questions, and to reflect on the most important facts and ideas to remember from the text as a whole. Some of the important facts students will learn to identify include facts about a snail's tongue and the dangers snails face.
Amazing Grace is the story of a girl with a wonderful imagination. Grace loves stories. She loves books, and movies, and even listening to the stories her grandma tells. But what Grace loves most is acting out the stories she hears. Grace is also a girl who refuses to let other people tell her what she can and cannot do.
Use this determining importance lesson plan and set of resources to support readers as they identify important characters, events, and emotions that impact Grace throughout the story.
Snowflake Bentley is a captivating children's book written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, based on the true story of Wilson Bentley. The book celebrates the remarkable journey of Wilson Bentley, a curious and determined young boy who becomes fascinated by the intricate beauty of snowflakes. Despite facing challenges and skepticism from others in his pursuit, Bentley dedicates his life to capturing snowflake photographs. Through his relentless efforts and passion for nature, Bentley becomes the first person to photograph individual snowflakes, revealing their unique and breathtaking designs. This inspiring tale encourages young readers to follow their passions, embrace curiosity, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world.
This lesson plan encourages readers to stop throughout the text to notice interesting facts and determine which are important to remember after reading.
After reading, draw two circles on the board or a piece of chart paper. Label the first circle "Big Ideas" and the second circle "Tiny Ideas". Then invite your students to brain dump. Ask them to write something that they remember about the text on a sticky note. Go around the room, asking each student to read their sticky note. As a class determine whether or not the information is a big idea or a tiny one. Post the sticky notes in the correct circle.
Beginning readers may struggle with this concept. If your students seem to think that everything is a big idea, try to prove the importance of the information with the following line of questioning:
Is this fact part of the problem, solution, or plot?
Is this fact part of the main idea?
Is this fact part of what I need to remember?
When students take the time to question whether or not facts and ideas are actually an important part of the text, they will begin to apply critical thinking skills to their reading.
Draw a Topic, Main Idea, and Detail Tree on the board
Write information from the text on sticky notes.
Read the sticky note and place it somewhere on the chart
Ask students if the sticky note should move up, down, or stay where it is
Move the sticky note according to the student's direction
Continue adding sticky notes and moving them up or down until all of the information is organized correctly
You should end up with a flow chart showing the topic at the top, the main ideas in the middle, and the details at the bottom.
This activity works best for visual learners. Help students to understand the different levels of information in a text by giving them a visual reference tool.
For example, you might compare topic, main ideas, and details to the sky: The sky is the topic, the clouds are the main ideas, and the raindrops are the details. A plate of cookies could serve as another metaphor. Explain that the plate is the topic, the cookies are the main ideas, and the chocolate chips are the details.