Biography (nonfiction), 1,728 words, Level Z (Grade 5), Lexile 900L
By writing about science in a clear and engaging way, Rachel Carson helped the American public understand the effects pesticides and herbicides can have on our environment. Her courage and perseverance in the face of hostile opposition also helped inspire the environmental movement. Rachel Carson gives students a glimpse into the life and work of a woman who brought attention to important environmental issues and helped pave the way for others to do the same. This book can be used to teach students how to determine elements of a biography as well as recognize and use complex sentences.
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activism, aquatic, conservation, environmental, excelled, herbicides, inspiration, marine, movement, naturalists, pesticide, testified
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Teach the Objectives
Retell to understand text
Elements of a Biography : Identify elements of a biography
Grammar and Mechanics
Complex Sentences : Recognize and use complex sentences
Roots : Identify root words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class