• Essential Question


    Why are stories from different cultures important?



    Reading Rate

    When good readers read aloud, they change their reading rate to match what they are reading.  They speed up when they are reading about fast action, panic, or excitement.  They read more slowly when events or characters show things such as caution, sadness, suspense, or calm.
    The events in the story help you to know when to speed up or slow down.

    Target Skill: Compare and Contrast

    When readers compare characters, they look for similarities, and when readers contrast characters, they look for differences.
    Comparing and contrasting characters helps readers understand more about the characters' traits and motivations.








    Target Skill: Story Message
    Legends are retold through generations because they contain important messages about life, including a culture's values.  
    The story message, or lesson, of this legend is not directly stated.  Instead, the author uses key details about the characters and plot events to convey the message.
    To determine the story's message, the reader should think about the key details the author uses to describe why and how the story events unfold as they do.
    Target Strategy: Analyze/Evaluate
    As you read, you need to analyze, or carefully study, what the characters say and do.  You should also evaluate, or form an opinion about, how the characters solve problems.
    Analyzing and evaluating help readers understand what they read and decide what they thing of a selection.
    Target Vocabulary 

    examined  - looked at closely


    peak - the top of a mountain or hill


    fondly - in a loving or caring way


    steep - having a sharp slope


    rugged - rough or uneven


    mist - a fine spray or light fog


    pausing -stopping briefly 


    pleaded - begged or requested urgently 



                                          I'd                what's

                                          he's               she's

                                          haven't           aren't

                                          doesn't           hasn't

                                          let's                couldn't

                                          there's           he'd

                                          wouldn't          they're

                                          can't                isn't

                                          we're               weren't