Informational (nonfiction), 1,238 words, Level T (Grade 3), Lexile 1020L
From gigantic apes to alien spacecrafts, special effects help to create images on screen that make scenes more believable and entertain audiences of all ages. Types of special effects are discussed in relation to their evolution in the movie industry. Photographs, illustrations, and timelines support the text.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Use the reading strategy of summarizing to understand text
Identify details to compare and contrast different types of special effects
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify and use commas in a series
Identify and create closed compound words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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