Realistic (fiction), 843 words, Level O (Grade 2), Lexile 570L
Why do we have to pay taxes? The Backpack Tax is a realistic fiction book in which a young girl has her eye set on a pink elephant backpack. She has been saving her allowance for weeks and is excited when she finally has the thirty dollars she needs to buy it. To her dismay, she learns that she needs to wait yet another week when she learns she doesn't have enough money to pay the tax that will be added to her bill. Her mom and dad explain what taxes are and why it is important that society pool its money together to pay for important things such as roads, parks, schools, and libraries. Illustrations support the text.
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Identify r-controlled vowel /u/
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