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John Muir may be a friend to the natural world, but as a short reading passage confirms, he is no friend to rattlesnakes. As young readers learn about Muir's encounters with the dangerous creatures, they answer four comprehension questions to make inferences about the motivation behind his actions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage learners to write their own nonfiction narrative essay about an encounter they've had in nature
  • Use in a unit that focused on descriptive language or author's purpose
  • Compare and contrast Muir's style with Jack London or another American nature writer
Classroom Considerations
  • Reading selection is 4.5 pages long, with the last half page reserved for questions
  • Designed for middle schoolers but applicable for older learners as well
  • Comprehension questions provide page numbers for quick reference
  • Writing is vivid but accessible
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