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The Transcontinental Railroad

Informational (nonfiction) 1,565 words, Level X (Grade 5), Lexile 990L
Multilevel Book also available in levels Z1 and Z2.
How could anyone build something as big and expensive as a railroad across the immense, rugged American West? The Transcontinental Railroad addresses the laborious and often dangerous process of connecting the United States from east to west. Historic photographs support detailed and engaging text. Students will have the opportunity to practice the skills of identifying main ideas and details and summarizing to understand the text. The books and lesson are available for levels Z1 and Z2.

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Printable and Projectable Book at Raz-Plus.com

Lesson Resources


Premade vocabulary lessons at VocabularyA-Z.com