It is 1933 and the Great Depression has hit Pitsburgh.When dead rats start appearing in the streets, Mike Costa wonders whether whatever is killing the rats might be making grandfather sick? It’s a mystery Mike urgently needs to solve.
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Integrated Literature & Writing Discovery Guides
Level 2 Literature and Writing Discovery Guides are recommended for elementary (grades 3-5) students who are in the process of acquiring the proficiency necessary to confidently read and to respond to a complex piece of literature. Each guide is designed to be completed in five weeks, which allows students to comfortably work through six units in a typical school year.
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Each week for four weeks, students will:
- Learn to take notes on characters, settings, and plot
- Study vocabulary
- Answer comprehension questions
- Write a short personal response
- Have opportunity to discuss topics related to the story
On the fifth week students are given a selection of hands-on projects to complete.
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