Pro/Con (nonfiction), 1,807 words, Level X (Grade 5), Lexile 1150L
This book presents readers with a unique text structure--that of a local newspaper publishing letters to the editor. Members of a local community share their opinions both supporting and opposing expansion and renovation of the local zoo. Through these letters, readers are presented with the pros and cons of the issue of whether zoos should exist or be abolished. Readers can decide for themselves after reading critically.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Use the reading strategy of summarizing to understand text
Distinguish between fact and opinion in persuasive text
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify commas and their uses
Recognize and understand syllable patterns
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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