Central Message, Lesson or Moral in Fiction Texts Resources

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Character Traits
Character Traits
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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
Rudyard Kipling: What's the Theme?
Rudyard Kipling: What's the Theme?
Worksheet
Rudyard Kipling: What's the Theme?
In this exercise, students will work through a series of steps to identify the theme of a classic story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Theme Flowchart
Find the Theme Flowchart
Worksheet
Find the Theme Flowchart
With this easy-to-use flowchart, your students will learn how to find the theme of a fictional story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Lesson Plan
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Nightingale Comprehension
The Nightingale Comprehension
Worksheet
The Nightingale Comprehension
After reading The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen, complete this comprehension page to test your understanding of the story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Panchatantra: "The Fish that were too Clever"
Panchatantra: "The Fish that were too Clever"
Worksheet
Panchatantra: "The Fish that were too Clever"
Help your kid learn about theme with a reading comprehension page that features a story from Panchatantra, a collection of classic animal fables from India.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Map the Story
Map the Story
Worksheet
Map the Story
Help your beginning reader boost comprehension skills with this fun worksheet, where he'll map the events in a story.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Emily's Turtle
Emily's Turtle
Worksheet
Emily's Turtle
This short fictional text can be used to help students determine words and phrases the author uses to help the reader figure out the central message of the story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Second Grade Daily Sub Plan Day 1
Second Grade Daily Sub Plan Day 1
Lesson Plan
Second Grade Daily Sub Plan Day 1
Out for the day? That's no problem with this classroom packet. With this daily sub plan, you will soon be ready to have a substitute in the classroom. Your substitute teacher can keep your students learning in your absence by using these robust lessons, worksheets, and activities.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Holiday Bedtime Stories
Holiday Bedtime Stories
Workbook
Holiday Bedtime Stories
Enjoy the holiday season with two classic tales, "A Kidnapped Santa" and "The Elves and the Shoemaker." Kids can color the illustrations then learn basic story analysis with review and vocab pages.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Panchatantra: "The Broken Pot"
Panchatantra: "The Broken Pot"
Worksheet
Panchatantra: "The Broken Pot"
Help your young reader learn to identify themes with the Panchatantra story "The Broken Pot" a classic fable from India that has a moral lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Peter Rabbit
Find the Main Idea: Peter Rabbit
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Peter Rabbit
Improve your child's reading skills and introduce her the classic tale of Peter Rabbit with this comprehension page, all about finding the main idea.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Panchatantra: "The Foolish Friend"
Panchatantra: "The Foolish Friend"
Worksheet
Panchatantra: "The Foolish Friend"
What happens when you have a foolish friend? Introduce your stellar reader to the Panchatantra stories, animal fables with a moral lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Central Message: Literary Response
Find the Central Message: Literary Response
Worksheet
Find the Central Message: Literary Response
Get your kids writing about their reading! When students note key observations as they read, they have a better chance at understanding a text's message.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Learning to Listen With My Heart
Learning to Listen With My Heart
Lesson Plan
Learning to Listen With My Heart
Gabi Garcia's "Listening With My Heart" provides students with an opportunity to reflect on ways to extend themselves compassion all year long. This engaging lesson supports students in understanding what kindness is, as well as how to be kind to themselves and others in their daily lives.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Main Ideas, Please!
Main Ideas, Please!
Lesson Plan
Main Ideas, Please!
Your students will be introduced to the concept of a main idea in this fun lesson using props to support their thinking.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Summary Raceway: Summarizing Fiction
Summary Raceway: Summarizing Fiction
Lesson Plan
Summary Raceway: Summarizing Fiction
Start Your Engines! It's time to teach your students how to summarize fiction text as you race down Summary Raceway.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Book Marks the Spot
Book Marks the Spot
Workbook
Book Marks the Spot
This workbook is the spot for reluctant readers and bookworms alike! Kids can get ideas for books then delve deeper into what they read with decision charts, organizers, writing and design prompts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Thinking About Themes: Reflection Cards
Thinking About Themes: Reflection Cards
Worksheet
Thinking About Themes: Reflection Cards
Use this resource to help your students familiarize themselves with the concept of literary themes.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Craft Stick Story Elements
Craft Stick Story Elements
Lesson Plan
Craft Stick Story Elements
This comprehensive overview of story elements will definitely leave students with a better understanding of author's purpose, character traits, sequence, and main idea. It features the acclaimed Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Play It Again
Play It Again
Lesson Plan
Play It Again
Merging art, creativity, and literature, this lesson is sure to be a crowd favorite. Students will practice their puppetry as they create plays to retell stories in this drama-filled lesson.
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.