Informational (nonfiction), 1,609 words, Level W (Grade 4), Lexile 770L
This book describes the cultures of the ancient Maya, Inca, and Anasazi, and discusses the question of whether or not the Europeans were the first people to discover the Americas. The author concludes that when discussing the contribution of the Europeans, the word "explored" rather than "discovered" might be more appropriate.
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Use the reading strategy of connecting to prior knowledge to remember information in text
Understand and identify author's purpose
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Recognize singular and plural subjects and linking verbs
Understand and use the suffix -ion
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