Informational (nonfiction), 2,012 words, Level Z1 (Grade 5+), Lexile 1000L
Multilevel Book also available in levels X and Z2
How could anyone build something as big and expensive as a railroad across the immense, rugged American West? The Transcontinental Railroad addresses the laborious and often dangerous process of connecting the United States from east to west. Historic photographs support detailed and engaging text. Students will have the opportunity to practice the skills of identifying main ideas and details and summarizing to understand the text. The books and lesson are available for levels X and Z2.
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Leveled Book Lesson
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Summarize to understand text
Determine main idea and supporting details
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use past-tense verbs
Identify and use closed compound words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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