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Day 2: "Riding the Rails West!"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5
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In this lesson, the daily focus question addresses the importance of trains today and the importance of nonfiction text features such as sidebars. The big takeaway is that trains are still used today to transport people and goods across the country in a fast, safe, and environmentally-friendly way. Understanding how and why trains are still important today will help students understand how trains, and specifically the transcontinental railroad, changed America in the mid-to-late 1800's. This series of close reading lesson plans was created by a member of the 2015 Delaware Dream Team. Special Materials: Students will need a copy of the anchor text. Pencil
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