Pourquoi Tale (fiction), 512 words, Level K (Grade 2), Lexile 520L
How Zebras Got Their Stripes is a Ugandan pourquoi tale about two donkeys that are tired of working and want an easier life. They meet a wise man who turns the donkeys into zebras by painting them. The idea catches on, but some of the donkeys run out of patience and pay the price.
Make, revise, and confirm predictions while reading to understand text
Identify story elements
Identify consonant Ss
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize past-tense verbs
Identify syllable patterns
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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