Recount Stories: Tall Tales – RL.2.2 & RL.3.2 – Printable & Digital RL2.2 RL3.2



Recount Stories: Tall Tales – RL.2.2 & RL.3.2

⭐️This collection of 14 printable and digital Lexile® leveled passages and question sets are perfect for teaching, developing, or reinforcing 2nd and 3rd grade recounting stories and comparing and contrasting skills. Printable PDF & Digital Google Slides versions make this resource perfect for classroom and distance learning. Printable PDF & Digital Google Slides versions make this resource perfect for classroom and distance learning. Each tall tale is paired with a nonfiction story to integrate RL2.2 and compare & contrast skills.


⭐️Students use tall tales to recount stories and determine the central message, lesson, moral, or theme. Students identify and explain how the message is conveyed through key details in the text. Students then compare and contrast the tall tale with a nonfiction passage on the same subject.


⭐️If you do not use Common Core, this packet is still perfect for teaching main idea skills. Aligns with many state specific standards, including TEKS and VA SOL.


⭐️Includes standard based questions, anchor charts, and two skills focused test passages. Certified Lexile measured close reading comprehension texts are varied within the second and third grade bands.


⭐️This printable and digital resource is compatible with Google Drive and Google Slides.


*This digital version saves paper, but still requires teachers to correct student responses.


Key Features:

✏️Lexile Levels – Each passage contains a certified Lexile measure to make differentiation easy. Passages vary across the 2nd grade & 3rd grade Common Core Text Complexity Band (the range for second and third grade is 420L-820L).


✏️Integrated Color Coding – Color coding strategy encourages students to learn how to find and use text evidence in their answers.


✏️Comprehensive – Passages are perfect for comprehensive standard based test prep. Included anchor charts and questions make this resource great for lesson modeling. Works perfectly for small groups and guided reading.


✏️Scaffolding – Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of standard based essay and multiple choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.


✏️Highly Engaging – Original passages with high quality photos and reworked tall tales with and custom illustrations are designed to engage students of all levels and interests.


Teachers & Students ❤️LOVE❤️ This Resource:

★ Vicki S. said, “One of my absolute most favorite resources!!!!


★ Samantha R. said, “I love all your stuff. This is a great resource to help differentiate learning and reading strategies in the classroom.


★ Backstage in Multiage said, “This was a great resource! I loved how there was a fictional text paired with a nonfiction text for each tall tale hero. Also, I loved the fact that the kids had to use different colored crayons to highlight their evidence. Great practice for my kiddos! Thank you!”


What’s Included:

1. Tall Tale Vocabulary Cards

2. Tall Tale Anchor Chart/ Journal Page

3. Tall Tale Graphic Organizer

4. Practice Passages & Question Sets

  • Pecos Bill- 500L/ Westward Movement- 720L
  • John Henry- 510L/ The True Story of John Henry- 690L
  • Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind- 540L/ Women of the West- 610L
  • Davy Crocket- 730L/ The True Story of Davy Crockett- 780L
  • Paul Bunyan- 600L/ The True Story of Paul Bunyan- 700L
  • Johnny Appleseed- 580L/ John Chapman- 550L

5. Assessment Passages & Question Sets

  • Calamity Jane- 550L/ The Real Calamity Jane- 540L


MagiCore is a Certified Lexile Partner

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