Identifying Authors’ Reasons – Grades 1-2

Identifying Authors’ Reasons – Grades 1-2 introduces students to the concept of finding supporting statements for an author’s main idea. Students will learn to identify what an author’s main point is of a text and then find facts or statements, which are considered reasons, that support that point.

The “Options for Lesson” section outlines a possible schedule to follow as you deliver this lesson. On day one, you would complete the warm-up activity with students and complete the anchor chart. You could also have students do the partner activity at this point. Day two could include the practice worksheet, and you would assign the homework. For day three, students could present their stories to the class or in small groups. Then you would administer the quiz.

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What our Identifying Authors’ Reasons – Grades 1-2 lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Identifying Authors’ Reasons – Grades 1-2 teaches students how to identify reasons that support an author’s main idea. Students will learn to figure out an author’s main point and then find the reasons that support it. You will need to explain that reasons are facts, statements, and information that the author provides to support their point.

This lesson is fairly unique in its setup. There is only one content page, and it contains a short story. You will create an anchor chart to help students figure out the author’s reasons. The lesson provides an example of what your anchor chart should look like. Then you’ll have students choose a partner (or choose yourself) and read the text on the activity page.

Students will complete the practice worksheet independently. For the homework, you will assign students the task of writing a short story that they can support with three or more reasons. You can have students present their papers to the class as a closing activity. Doing so provides students extra practice figuring out the main idea and supporting reasons.


For the activity worksheet, students will work their partners to determine the main point of a short story. They will discuss with each other what three reasons they can find to support the main idea. Then they will write a check statement. They can use the anchor chart to remind them what a check statement is.


The practice worksheet mimics the activity. Students will read a text and figure out what the main idea is. Then they will write three reasons that support their answer. They will also need to a write a check statement to ensure their reasons support the main point.


Students will write a short story for the homework assignment. Their story should relate to something they have a strong opinion about. They will need to include at least three reasons that their classmates will later have to find themselves.


The quiz contains a short story with similar questions as the other worksheets. In addition, there are three more questions where students will need to pick the correct answer from three choices.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.