A Reading Passage or Context Story further clarifies the meanings of vocabulary and aids in the correct word pronunciation. Click on the character icon to hear Lesson Plans #1 - #6 story.
  • ESL, LEP and ELL especially benefit from the AUDIO passages. Stories emphasize grade level word content and subject specific vocabulary.
  • Common Core alignment to a Reading Passage is to 3 key phrases: "Grade Level", "Particular Topic" and "Grade-Relevant Text or Subject Area". CCSS Alignment Strand for Specific Grades:
    Grade Level: "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers: 2.4, 3.4, 4.4, 5.4, 6.4, 7.4, 8.4, 9-10.4, 11-12.4
    Particular Topic: "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers: 4.6. 5.6, 6.6, 7.6, 8.6, 9-10.6, 11-12.6
    Grade & Subject-Relevant Text: "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers:
    (Reading: Informational Text) RI.2.4, RI.3.4, RI.4.4. RI.5.4, RI.6.4, RI.7.4, RI.8.4, RI.9-10.4, RI.11-12.4
    (Reading: Literature) RL.2.4, RL.3.4, RL.4.4. RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4
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    1) Eclipse Contextual Story

    I think I should have been an ASTRONOMER. I enjoy looking at the phases of the moon and identifying what planets are in the VERNAL sky in March. I also like to see what ones have an AUTUMNAL position in the fall. My grandfather used two tennis balls as props to show me how the earth circled around the sun while rotating on its axis and tilting to create the winter and summer SOLSTICE. He also taught me that the center point of the tilting is called the spring or fall EQUINOX. It doesnt matter during the earths orbit around the sun whether it is at the closest APOGEE or the farthest, the PERIGEE, in the orbit.

    One night we went to make an OBSERVATION through TELESCOPIC lenses to see stars and planets. The following night, we watched a solar ECLIPSE. I learned then that because of the way the light REFRACTED back to us, the earths shadow hid the sun in TOTALITY. We were able to see the CORONA that formed a perimeter outside the hidden sun. That circular shadow is called the PENUMBRA. When the visit ended, my grandfather was convinced that being closer to the sun, called the PERIHELION, would make a difference in how clear the ECLIPSE would be.