Realistic (fiction), 1,219 words, Level S (Grade 3), Lexile 760L
Cruz is busy! Between school, learning to play the guitar, math club, karate, volunteering, and many other activities, his schedule is packed. What's Next? provides students a realistic look at Cruz's dilemma in trying to multitask and balance his commitments. When he gets sick and has to cut back on his activities, Cruz finally learns that there's value in taking time to do nothing at all. Through this realistic and engaging story, students will learn the importance of balance between a busy schedule and taking time to enjoy the moment. The story can also be used to teach students about plot analysis and contractions.
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collapsed, commitments, disappoint, examination, fascinating, frustrated, investigate, portrait, volunteered
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Teach the Objectives
Ask and answer questions to understand the text
Analyze Plot : Analyze plot
Grammar and Mechanics
Contractions : Recognize and use contractions
Similes : Identify and create similes
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class