Historical (fiction), 1,600 words, Level Y (Grade 5), Lexile 990L
Westward Journey is a charming story that gives insight into the perilous lives of the brave pioneers who left the safety and familiarity of home to find a better life in the West. After an especially frightening event, two youngsters, Jessie and Bessie, forge a friendship that they hope will make the long and demanding journey a little easier.
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Make, revise, and confirm predictions
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Recognize and use commas to separate dialogue
Identify and use hyphenated compound words
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