Heroes Who are some of your heroes? Why do you respect them? What would make you feel like a hero? Why do you think firefighters were chosen to illustrate the “Heroes” theme? What makes them heroes?
Genre: Realistic Fiction Realistic characters and events come to life in a fictional plot Heroes
Purposes for Reading Strategy focus: predict/infer Comprehension skill: cause and effect Vocabulary development Critical thinking, discussion
Strategy Focus: Strategy Focus: Predict /Infer Predict and infer: What does the title and cover of the story make me think the story will be about? Infer by thinking about how you would act, or what you would do in this situation. Then predict what will happen in the story.
Key Vocabulary boycott civil rights (movement) fare protest stupendous slush skit
boycott a refusal to buy from a company
civil rights (movement) referring to the legal privileges every American citizen is guaranteed
fare the money a person must pay to travel, as on a bus or subway
protest to express strong feelings against something
Genre: Biography A true story of the life of a real person.
Purposes for Reading Strategy focus: monitor/clarify Comprehension skill: making judgments Vocabulary development Critical thinking, discussion
Strategy Focus: Strategy Focus: Monitor/Clarify Monitor: What happened first? Next? Clarify: Do I understand the story? As you read about Gloria Estefan’s rise to musical fame Monitor your reading to make sure you understand the sequence of events. Clarify what you don’t understand.
Key Vocabulary career contract demonstrated eventually specializes tireless worldwide
career what someone does as a job
contract a written agreement
demonstrated showed clearly
eventually at the end; finally
specializes to be involved in a particular activity
tireless able to work a long time without getting tired
worldwide all over the world
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Genre: Biography A true story of the life of a real person. Heroes
Purposes for Reading Strategy focus: evaluate Comprehension skill: fact and opinion Vocabulary development Critical thinking, discussion
Strategy Focus: Strategy Focus: Evaluate Evaluate: What clues does the author give me to help me understand that Lou Gehrig was a hero? Lou Gehrig was a hero both on and off the baseball field. As you read about his life, evaluate how well the author shows Gehrig’s heroism.
consecutive following one right after the other
fielding in baseball, picking up a ball and throwing it to the correct player
first baseman the baseball player who guards the area around first base
(to) honor to show special respect for
modest having a quiet, humble view of oneself
shortstop The baseball player who guards the area between second base and third base
sportsmanship the quality someone has when acting with dignity in difficult situations
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