Selection 2: Tanya’s Reunion by Valerie Flournoypictures by Jerry Pinkney
Genre: Realistic Fiction Realistic characters and events come to life in a fictional plot.
Selection Summary Tanya’s family is planning a reunion, and Tanya can’t wait to see where her grandmother grew up. Disappointed in the farm at first, Tanya eventually learns to see it through her grandmother’s eyes. She gains a new appreciation of her family heritage.
Key Concept: Family Reunions
arrangements gathering great-uncle homestead persisted pitches in reunion satisfaction Key Vocabulary
Arrangements- plans made beforehand; preparations We began making arrangements for the reunion months in advance.
Gathering- a coming together of people We celebrated by eating lots of delicious food at our family gathering.
Great-uncle- a grandparent’s brother I asked my great-uncle to tell me about his childhood.
Homestead- a house with land and buildings belonging to it We traveled to the homestead for our family reunion.
Persisted- continued repeatedly She persisted at improving her painting until it was perfect.
Pitches in- helps others get a job done The man pitchesin to help the driver load his truck.
Reunion- a meeting of group members who have been apart My family held its reunion last summer after being apart for over a year.
Satisfaction- contentment; happiness The woman felt a great deal of satisfaction after earning her college degree.
Now let’s take a look at some of the reading skills we will be practicing with this story...
Strategy Focus: Evaluate Tanya is going to a family reunion. As you read the story, evaluate how the author helps you understand what Tanya is feeling.
Comprehension Skill Focus: Making Inferences You will focus on making inferences, or reading between the lines, in this story. Use clues from the story and experiences from your own life to help you.
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