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
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
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
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
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
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
Main Ideas and Details
Main Ideas and Details
Lesson Plan
Main Ideas and Details
Take your students to a magical place by having them read stories such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "Rumpelstiltskin." They can read these magical stories and figure out the main idea and details in them!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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
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
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
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
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
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
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Determining the Theme of a Poem
Determining the Theme of a Poem
Lesson Plan
Determining the Theme of a Poem
Give your class a deeper understanding of theme with this art and poetry-focused lesson plan about theme. By the end of the lesson, students will understand what theme is and how to determine theme in a piece of writing, such as a poem.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
There’s No I in Theme-work!
There’s No I in Theme-work!
Lesson Plan
There’s No I in Theme-work!
That’s right! The theme applies to everyone! Use this interactive lesson to teach your students how to find the theme of a fictional text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Figuring Out the Theme
Figuring Out the Theme
Lesson Plan
Figuring Out the Theme
Most stories have a message for the reader! Help students determine a story's theme so that kids are prepared to compare stories with similar themes. Use this on its own or as support to the lesson Head to Head Fiction Reflections.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
I Can Find the Main Idea
I Can Find the Main Idea
Lesson Plan
I Can Find the Main Idea
This flowery lesson has students filling in daisy-shaped graphic organizers with story details. Your young readers will love improving their comprehension skills with this lesson's creative activities.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
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
Reader’s Theater: 4th of July
Reader’s Theater: 4th of July
Worksheet
Reader’s Theater: 4th of July
Use this Reader’s Theater script to engage your students as they practice reading with expression and accuracy. Your students will work on their fluency and then complete comprehension activities.
3rd 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
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
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Sorting & Describing Books
Sorting & Describing Books
Lesson Plan
Sorting & Describing Books
In this lesson, students will look at picture clues to determine the topic of texts. ELs will build vocabulary and language skills by working with partners to discuss and represent texts using drawings.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan

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.