Realistic (fiction), 2,643 words, Level Z (Grade 5), Lexile 740L
Debbie is on vacation with her parents in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA. Although the mountains and valleys are a beautiful sight, Debbie is a bit bored--until she finds an ancient arrowhead in the dirt and meets Anna High Cloud, a young Cherokee park ranger. Anna takes Debbie back in time as she weaves the fascinating story of her people for Debbie.
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Use the reading strategy of visualizing to understand text
Compare and contrast story elements
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify run-in quotations
Identify past-tense irregular verbs
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