Realistic (fiction), 1,500 words, Level R (Grade 3)
Charlene's Sea of Cortez Journal is written from the point of view of a young girl making journal entries each day while she is on a cruise in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. She describes the events of her trip, such as snorkeling and swimming with sea lions, kayaking to a beach and building sand castles, and playing with the friends she makes. She also shares stories of watching dolphins and whales swimming near the ship. Photographs support the text.
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Use the reading strategy of visualizing to understand text
Summarize main events of a story
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Recognize past-tense irregular verbs in the text
Identify homophones used in the text
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