Folktale (fiction), 1,550 words, Level Q (Grade 3), Lexile 710L
Chinzaemon the Silent is a retelling of a Japanese folktale. Chinzaemon, famous for his swords and scabbards, is asked by a powerful prince to make weapons for his soldiers and guards. In his new position, Chinzaemon plays jokes on people. Although most of the jokes seem quite silly, in the end they prove to be very wise. Beautiful, historically accurate illustrations support the text.
Retell the story to understand text
Understand and identify cause-and-effect relationships
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize compound predicates in sentences
Recognize and use the suffix -ment to create adverbs
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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