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) St. Patrick\'s Day Story 1&2

    The following words (listed alphabetically) appear somewhere in the story one:
  • banshee, blarney, boycott, brogue, donnybrook, leprechaun, limerick, Saint Patrick, shamrock, shillelagh, smithereens, stew, stout, tanistry


    Story One:
    Imagine the DONNYBROOK that might occur if a crowd accused SAINT PATRICK of speaking in a BROGUE, of drinking STOUT and of leaning on a SHILLELAGH! I bet even SHAMROCKS would be crushed to SMITHEREENS in the melee. Thats as much BLARNEY as guessing that a LEPRECHAUN would scream LIMERICKS like a BANSHEE! In fact, if things got that mixed up, the prince, confirmed yesterday to the throne by right of TANISTRY, could insist on a BOYCOTT of all that hardy STEW!


    Story Two is a fill-in-the-blank activity for St. Patricks Day: Choose one of the 14 alphabetical thematic words below for each blank to create an Irish sentence which will form a story. Word bank is: banshee, blarney, boondoggle, boycott, brogue, donnybrook, leprechaun, limerick, Saint Patrick, scone, shamrock, shillelagh, shimmer, smithereens, stew, stout, sweekstakes, tanistry. (ANSWERS are at the bottom of this page.)
    Story Two:
    For the elaborate coronation, the prince wore a robe stitched with an enormous green _____ (1). He became king by law of _____ (2). After the ceremony, while he was eating his delicious _____ (3), he became enraged. He yelled like a _____ (4) in his thick _____ (5) at the small _____ (6) because he kept chanting an inappropriate _____ (7). Furious, he picked up a heavy _____ (8) and smashed to _____ (9) an entire glass pitcher of dark brown _____ (10). Suddenly, a fight started! Even incantations and prayers to _____ (11) could not quell the _____ (12). Once the free-for-all got under control, the new king declared that in the future, he and his subjects would _____ (13) all feasts. You dont believe any of this _____ (14), do you?


    Answers to Story Two:
    You have permission to make a hard copy for further vocabulary study.