Fantasy (fiction), 2,895 words, Level Z (Grade 5), Lexile 720L
Word Smith, Private I, is back with another mystery story filled with alliterations, hyperboles, rhyming, similes, and idioms. Ben Brannoor enters Word Smith's office claiming that someone or something is stealing rhymes out of his greeting cards and replacing them with un-rhymes. Not only are rhymes stolen from greeting cards, but also from advertising slogans and song lyrics. Word Smith and Ben Brannoor work together to track down the rhyme thief. Illustrations support the text.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Make, revise, and confirm predictions
Identify and compare reality and fantasy
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify quotation marks
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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