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Informational (nonfiction), 1,420 words, Level R (Grade 3), Lexile 930L
Two Artists: Vermeer's Forger tells the story of a young child, Han Van Meegeren, and his desire to spend his life as an artist. Van Meegeren goes to school to become an architect and designs a few buildings; however, he realizes he still loves painting, so he quits to study art. He becomes frustrated early on because critics say he has no talent. To get back at them, he decides to take on a famous painter's style and forge his paintings. Even though he works very hard and becomes very rich, his dishonesty does not pay off in the end. Illustrations support the text.
Use the reading strategy of summarizing to understand text
Cause and Effect : Understand and identify cause-and-effect relationships
Grammar and Mechanics
Commas : Identify and use commas after introductory words
Suffixes : Identify suffixes within the text
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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