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Reading - Reading Street - Unit 3

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Week 1 - Hatchet



Genre: Realistic Fiction - The setting & characters seem real, but it is about fictional people.


How does facing challenges help us learn about ourselves? 


Personification - a figure of speech in which human traits are given to animals, inanimate objects, or ideas. The traits may include personality, intelligence, emotion, actions, or speech.


Sequencing - the order in which things happen in a story. You can recognize sequencing by looking in the text for references to time of day, as well as clue words such as first, then, finally, before, after.



Week 2 - When Marian Sang



Genre: Biography


How can our determination affect our ability to succeed?


Similes & Metaphors are figures of speech.

Similes - uses the words like or as, or the word than (gentle as a lamb, crazy like a fox, hotter than fire)

Metaphors - a metaphor is direct (Spring is a lamb), compares two or more things without using like or as


Generalize - a broad statement about a group, category, or trend, based on facts & numerous examples. Often clue words such as most, all, sometimes, always, & never identify generalizations. Remember: generalizations may be classified as valid ( supported by the text or story ) or faulty ( not supported by the text or story)



Questioning Strategy - ask & answer specific questions to determine a text's central (main) idea 


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/four-years-after-marian-anderson-sang-lincoln-memorial-dr-finally-allowed-her-perform-constitution-hall-180950468/ - Marian Anderson




Week 3 - Learning to Swim




Genre: Autobiography


Why is it important to stay calm during a crisis?


Dialect - a style of speech characteristic of people from a certain area or culture.  Dialects differ from standard language in pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling, & conventions. Dialect often includes slang & idioms


Sequence - the order of events - look for time-order clues: before, after, next, then, while, earlier, finally

Predict - make an educated guess using what information you currently have

Set Purpose - a goal, a reason for doing something






Week 4 - Juan Verdades



Genre: Folk Tale - stories with no known author that have been told by one generation to the next


How do we demonstrate trustworthiness?


https://prezi.com/6ropwcteyka0/juan-verdades-the-man-who-couldnt-tell-a-lie/ - Juan Verdades Prezi


Imagery descriptive language that helps a writer's words come alive for the reader.  Imagery appeals to our senses & helps the reader experience the ways things look, sound, smell, taste, or feel


Generalize - a broad statement that can apply to many examples

Valid Generalization - supported by examples or facts

Faulty Generalization - not supported by examples or facts


Visualize - words create a picture in your head; see it in your mind's eye




Week 5 - Morning Traffic



Genre: Drama


What obstacles do we face in our daily lives?


Foreshadowing - an author's use of details that hint at or provide clues about what will happen later in a story. Foreshadowing can create suspense or help lay a foundation for future events.


Draw Conclusions - forming reasonable opinions based on details from what you are reading & what you already know


Story Structure -  A fictional story is often arranged sequentially, or in the order that events happen. Plot is important to a story's structure, the problem, the rising action, the climax, & the outcome or resolution to the problem make up the plot.







Unit 3 Study Guide – Challenges & Obstacles


Be able to read unfamiliar stories (fiction & nonfiction) and answer questions based on the text(s).  Identify challenges and obstacles people in the stories faced and how they overcame them.


Prefixes, Suffixes




Transitive Verbs – See WIKI – Grammar 3 Page (Lots of examples!)


A transitive verb is a verb that can take a direct object. In other words, it is done to someone or something. Most verbs are transitive.


Here is an example of a transitive verb:

  • He read a book.

Read (from to read) is a transitive verb. In this example, the direct object is a bookTo read is transitive because you can read something. You can read a poem, a story, a face, a horoscope, etc.




Use context clues to determine word meanings

Identify sentences that are written correctly & those which are not

Identify sentences with the same meaning as another






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