Blackbird’s Nest (SE)

Blackbird’s Nest (SE)
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Blackbird’s Nest is an expository text about the life cycle of the blackbird, presented as a poem. Features of the Book – The rhythm and rhyme. – The possessive apostrophe -“blackbird’s”. – The use of commas to mark a pause. – The use of descriptive language -“lonely”, “empty”, “speckled”, “big”, “bare”, “small”, and “dead”. – The rhyme -“grew” and “flew”. – The distinct sequence of events in the blackbird’s life cycle. – The use of alliteration -“Four bare babies in a blackbird’s nest.” – A variety of blends -“bl,” “sp”, “gr”, “fl”, and “sm”. – The challenge of the verb change on page 7. – The high-frequency words -“sat”, “from”, and “what”. Purpose Blackbird’s Nest can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: – predicting the meanings of new or unfamiliar words from the context of the story; – using structural cues to monitor that reading is making sense; – using a range of punctuation to read expressively; – incorporating diagrams and tables into pieces of writing to support ideas.

Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects, Science and Technology

Reading Level:9-11 (Blue)

AuthorOlive Harvey

SeriesLM Literacy

Year Level1


Guided Reading Level11


Theme/TopicAnimals | Birds and Insects | Science and Technology

Strategy/SkillsComprehension strategies | Fluency | Making predictions

Page Count8

Word Count73


Dimensions165 x 145