Biography (nonfiction), 1,196 words, Level U (Grade 4), Lexile 990L
Multilevel Book also available in levels O and R
Ballet is very popular all around the world, but in the mid-twentieth century, the best ballerinas were only from Europe. One Native American woman changed all that. Maria Tallchief: Prima Ballerina tells the story of Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief, the first American ballerina to become an internationally renowned principal ballet dancer. The story of an interesting woman and beautiful photographs will keep students engaged in this biography while also giving them a chance to summarize the text and determine the authors' point of view. The book and lesson are also available for levels O and R.
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Leveled Book Lesson
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Summarize to understand text
Determine author's point of view
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use compound sentences
Identify and use homographs in sentences
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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