Narrative (fiction), 2,089 words, Level V (Grade 4), Lexile 780L
Word Smith, Private I is a mystery story filled with wordplay, including anagrams, palindromes, Hinky Pinkys, tongue twisters, knock-knock jokes, and spoonerisms. When Hannah Eve Hannah receives three warnings in the form of riddles, she enlists the help of Word Smith, the famous Private I. They work together to crack the case and catch the PUNisher at his own game. Illustrations support the text.
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Make, revise, and confirm predictions to understand the text
Identify author's purpose
Grammar and Mechanics
Understand and use compound adjectives
Identify and form similes
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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