A Walk In The Desert by Caroline Arnold, can be used to introduce and reinforce the skill of identifying the main idea and details in a text. This lesson plan includes two sorting activities to make learning about main ideas and details more hands-on and concrete. There is also a main ideas and details activity that accompanies the story and is to be completed during the close read of the story. This too will provide a hands-on activity to keep students focused during the close read. Three second-grade Common Core Literature Standards are addressed in this lesson.