The Turtle

The Turtle

A land turtle navigates through a dry patch of ground toward a slanted highway embankment full of oat beards and foxtails. Resolute and unswerving, the turtle fights its way up the slope to the highway and begins to cross the hot pavement. A speeding car swerves onto the shoulder to avoid the turtle. Moments later, a truck purposefully clips the shell of the turtle, sending it spinning to the side of the highway, landing on its back. Eventually, the turtle rights itself, crawls down the embankment, and continues on its way.

John Steinbeck

Essential Question

Common Core Standards

RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone, RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.3 - Characters & Plot

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Levels



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