Biography (nonfiction), 2,040 words, Level Z1 (Grade 5+), Lexile 1140L
Multilevel Book also available in levels Y and Z2
The spring and summer of 1953 was terrifying for parents in the United States. They braced themselves for the possibility of polio. Through his determination and unorthodox thinking, Jonas Salk developed a polio vaccine and children's lives were saved. Jonas Salk provides students an in-depth look into both Dr. Salk's life and his search for the vaccine. The book can also be used to teach students the elements of a biography and the proper use of hyphenated compound adjectives. The book and lesson are also available for levels Y and Z2.
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contagious, devastating, epidemic, eradicated, field trial, grant, immunity, paralyzed, pharmaceutical, placebo, polio, quarantine, recruited, strains, vaccine
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Teach the Objectives
Ask and answer questions while reading
Elements of a Biography : Identify the elements of a biography
Grammar and Mechanics
Hyphenated Compound Adjectives : Recognize and use hyphenated compound adjectives
Synonyms : Identify and use synonyms
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class