The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: Pre-reading

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 11723

Authors write stories to make a point or teach a lesson. Understanding that lesson or theme makes reading enjoyable. You will make a lapbook to help you keep track of what you read in this series!


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Have you read a book or watched a movie in which good fought against evil? Could you tell the good guys from the bad guys? Learn to find the theme of a book. What's the big idea?

Many books and movies are centered around the theme of good and evil forces struggling against one another.

Share your ideas about this topic with your parent or teacher. Discuss the movie or book that had a message of good vs. evil. Did good triumph over evil? Did you ever doubt that the good would win?

The theme of a book or movie is the central message or lesson to be learned. To better understand theme, watch How to Find the Theme of a Story, by ShepClass:

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In the video, you learned that theme is important because it helps you to better understand the story. To determine the theme, the reader must ask him or her self the following questions:

  1. What is the big idea of the events in the story?
  2. How does the character or author deal with the big idea?
  3. What does the story teach you about how to live your own life?

Asking these questions can help you infer what the theme is. The theme is not directly stated by the author — it is a conclusion the reader reaches based on his or her life experiences and the clues in the text.

Before you begin reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, you will make predictions and inferences to set the purpose for reading.

What do you already know about this book? Have you seen or read this book before? Have you seen the movie? Do you know someone who has read it? Share your ideas with your parent or teacher.

This book has been reprinted with different images on the cover. Compare the cover of your book with other cover images. Use a search engine to find at least two other covers. Consider the following questions. Discuss your thoughts with your parent or teacher:

  • How are the images the same?
  • What feelings do you have when you look at the cover?
  • What details are revealed about the story through the images?
  • Which cover entices you the most, and why?

In this The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe series, you will deepen your understanding of the novel and explore a variety of reading comprehension strategies.

To prepare yourself, move to the Got It? section to make a lapbook.

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