This mini-lesson is entitled "Parrot Talk" and comes with 12 multiple choice reading comprehension and vocabulary questions. Reading comprehension skills include making inferences, locating details, drawing conclusions, author's purpose and interpreting figurative language. I used many similes and metaphors to describe the parrots and then included some questions about them. Examples are: "A parrot is a one-bird band."; "It is as loyal as an echo."; "A parrot looks like a strange puzzle" ; "The parrots' colors make them look like paintings in bright red, blue, green, snow-white, and gold." The explicit vocabulary includes the words: mimic, rage, and species. You get two pages of vividly descriptive and accurate informational text, which come with two parrot clip art pictures. Then there are three pages of multiple choice questions which have two more parrot clip art pictures. (The pictures are in color, but come out black-and-white on my tiffs.)The sixth page is the answer key. In this lesson, I chose to emphasize figurative language, because I recall many of my former students having difficulty with it on standardized test questions. The mini-lesson is on a word document that you can easily edit if necessary. I hope it’s one that can benefit your class.