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Reading Strategies and Skills
Unit 3 Week 2
Test Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Comprehension Skill: Theme
-The theme of a story is a message about life the author

wants readers to understand. Some stories, such as
fables, state the theme directly. Most stories require
readers to use what the author suggests through story
details and character development to infer the theme.
Discovering the theme of a story helps you understand
what ideas about life an author values.
- To determine the theme, first read the entire story
and identify important details about the characters,
setting, and plot. Think about how the story unfolds.
-Then decide what larger idea connects the story
details. Determine a statement or message about life.
-For extra practice, refer to Practice Workbook pages
113-115. Also refer to The RWW book page 185.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
The following are key characteristics of realistic
fiction:
-Involves characters who behave as real people
do and who have human abilities and
emotions.
- It depicts events that are made up but could
actually take place in real life.
- May be told using third-person narrator,
someone who presents events through one
person's perspective.
-It also includes strong, vivid verbs to describe
actions.
- For extra practice, refer to Practice Workbook page
116. Also refer to The RWW book page 186.

Vocabulary Strategy: Paragraph Clues
-When you come across a word that has more than
one possible meaning, you can figure out the
intended meaning of the word by using context
clues within the paragraph.
-You will look for words or phrases near the
multiple-meaning word that gives details about
how the work is used. These words or phrases
may restate, explain, or define the word.
-For extra practice, refer to Practice Workbook
page 117. Also refer to The RWW book p. 187 and
the Word Study Center.

Comprehension Strategy: Make Predictions
-Sometimes narrator and characters in a story provide clues to
what will happen later in the plot. We can confirm or revise the
prediction.
- We should use information the narrator or characters in the
story provide to predict what story events might happen later.
-When you pause at key points in the selection to make
prediction, you are setting a purpose for reading and keeping
yourself engaged.
-For extra practice, refer to Practice Workbook pages 113-114.
Also refer to The RWW book page 184.

Vocabulary Menu – Homework
dilemma feebly
persistent
roused
skewed summon

recoiled
vastness

To get an “A,” complete 3 of the following,
To get a “B,” complete 2 of the following;
To get a “C,” complete 1 of the following;
To get a “F,” complete 0 of the following
1. Write a sentence using each of the vocabulary
words.
2. Make a word search puzzle using all of the
vocabulary words (list the words at the
bottom).
3. Define all the words.
4. Make a crossword puzzle using all of the
vocabulary words (with clues for each word).
5. Create some type of review game with the
vocabulary words.
6. Create a vocabulary quiz (and answer key) with
the vocabulary words.
7. Create vocabulary flashcards.

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