Pardon Me! A Turkey's Story is a fictional Thanksgiving-based close reading activity that tells the story of the White House turkey pardoning tradition from the eyes of Pumpkin the turkey. Designed for 4th and 5th grade students, this close reading activity has students focus first on reading the story multiple times while searching for unknown words, literary devices, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy.
This close reading passage has a Lexile level of 710L.
The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
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(c) Elements of Elementary, 2014