Informational (nonfiction), 2,147 words, Level X (Grade 5), Lexile 940L
Dust Bowl Disaster describes the economic and personal hardships endured by farmers in the Great Plains of the United States and Canada during the 1930s. People living in this region went from prosperity to poverty as a relentless drought caused their farms to dry up and dust storms to rage. Period photographs and maps support the text.
Use the reading strategy of visualizing to understand text
Understand and identify cause-and-effect relationships
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify and use prepositional phrases within sentences
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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