Realistic (fiction), 314 words, Level J (Grade 1), Lexile 490L
It's never easy to lose someone (or something) you love. In When Bad Things Happen, a young boy is very sad when his pet lizard dies. But with the help of his parents, he learns some ways to deal with his feelings. Younger readers will relate to the main character, and adults can use the story as a springboard to a discussion of grief.
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Use the reading strategy of connecting to prior knowledge to understand text
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