Use this resource with your students to practice one of the core reading strategies: determining importance. Support your young learners as they read, judge, justify, and defend their understanding of a text.
This winter-themed lesson plan, which incorporates the book *Tree of Cranes* by Allen Say, teaches students about Japanese traditions and customs. They will review the basic elements of a narrative story, and then write their own narratives about a special event or moment in their life.
In the worksheet, The Veteran Cathay Williams: Differentiated Text, learners will read about a female veteran who helped pave the way for females to serve in the military. Cathay Williams was the only woman Buffalo Soldier. For a more challenging text, ch