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The text Why Lapin's Ears Are Long provides opportunities for vocabulary study, especially with regard to cultural French terms that can be added to the “Cajun Expressions” sections of the Learning Log. It also offers explorations of how the structure of a sentence reflects the emphasis of ideas. This particular story can be used to enhance the students’ ability to determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language. When reading this text aloud, support students in using the illustrations to understand the meaning of unknown words and phrases. There are Louisiana history connections as well, in that Lapin visits several different settings and meets different characters as he travels to complete the tasks for Madame Tortue.
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