Personal Narrative (fiction), 1,581 words, Level R (Grade 3), Lexile 630L
In School,Tom Terdle is always getting teased about his name. After being suspended from school for fighting about it, he goes to the beach. There he finds some turtle eggs and a new friend, the Turtle Lady. As they wait for the eggs to hatch, their friendship grows and Tom's sensitivity to his name disappears. This story provides opportunities to discuss teasing and its ramifications, as well as how friends come in all shapes, sizes, and ages.
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Teach the Objectives
Use the reading strategy of making, revising, and confirming predictions
Analyze Character : Analyze characters
Grammar and Mechanics
Proper Nouns : Identify proper nouns
Synonyms : Recognize and use synonyms
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class