Personal Narrative (nonfiction), 455 words, Level K (Grade 2), Lexile 510L
In Chickens in My Backyard, Savannah narrates her experience of raising chickens in Tucson, Arizona. Her family lives in the city, and they don't own a farm, but they do have a chicken coop in their backyard, where they care for three chickens. Savannah's story will defy expectations for many students, who think of chickens living on a farm in green pastures, and they will be fascinated to learn how a girl their age cares for and manages these animals. Family photographs invite students to enter Savannah's world.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Use the reading strategy of summarizing to understand text
Identify main idea and details
Identify consonant ch digraph
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use pronouns
Understand the purpose of bold print in text
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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