Pourquoi Tale (fiction), 432 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 the elements of plot
Identify initial digraph th in words
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize past-tense verbs
Identify closed syllables in a word
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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