Biography (nonfiction), 1,380 words, Level W (Grade 4), Lexile 950L
One of the most daring and well-known sixteenth-century expeditions was led by the Portuguese sea captain Ferdinand Magellan. By sailing west from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean, the expedition became the first to successfully sail around the world. Ferdinand Magellan introduces students to this fearless leader and details the many hardships he and his crew endured throughout the voyage. The book can also be used teach students how to identify cause-and-effect relationships and to ask and answer questions as they read.
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assert, circumnavigated, expeditions, flagship, grueling, mutiny, navigation, prominent, recruit, sanitation, scope, trade routes
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Ask and answer questions to understand text
Cause and Effect : Identify cause-and-effect relationships
Grammar and Mechanics
Adjectives : Recognize and use adjectives
Homophones : Identify and use homophones
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class