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Mystery (fiction), 1,617 words, Level U (Grade 4), Lexile 890L
Mystery in the Moonlight is written as a mystery to teach the reader about a condition called XP, Xeroderma Pigmentosum. The author leads the main characters, as well as readers, to wonder if their new neighbors could be vampires or werewolves, since no one sees them in the daylight. This book is a good starting point for learning about XP, the depleting ozone layer, and sun safety.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Use the reading strategy of visualizing to understand fictional text
Analyze Character : Analyze characters in the story
Grammar and Mechanics
Verbs : Use future-tense verbs in sentences
Content Vocabulary : Understand and use content vocabulary
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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