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) Stock Market Contextual Story

    Story contains 14 words from the Sam vs. Herb-Stock Market Comic Strip: analyze, commission, commodity, dividend, enterprise, fluctuate, invest, leverage, market, performance, portfolio, profit, regulate and rival.

    Deep down I know I am very competitive, thoughtful, creative and hard working. Thats why the stock MARKET is so fascinating to me. I know it can FLUCTUATE wildly and there are people who think it should be REGULATED. Not me! It is a thinking persons game where you can ANALYZE the details of an ENTERPRISE and then create a PORTFOLIO of companies to own. I might choose to INVEST in Coca Cola and my friend might chose Cokes main RIVAL, Pepsico. The PERFORMANCE we get over a year will include the cash from a DIVIDEND, but it will be reduced by the COMMISSION we pay to buy the stock. If our analysis is good then we can make a PROFIT. Our profit or loss can be LEVERAGED by borrowing money but that is too scarey for me. I understand that the use of LEVERAGE is really big when you invest in COMMODITIES like soybeans or pork bellies. That is too aggressive for me. I really prefer Coke to pork and beans!