Reading Mastery - Level 2 Storybook 1 (Lesson 60 - "The Pet Goat" or "My Pet Goat")by Siegfried Engelmann, Elaine Bruner
Reading Mastery Rainbow involves a three-step process that ensures that students make smooth transitions from decoding to comprehension. The first step, decoding, is later combined with comprehension strategies, and in the final step students acquire an appreciation and understanding of literature. Strategies for basic reasoning skills such as drawing conclusions, applying rules, and completing deductions are stressed. The Fast Cycle strategies combines lessons from Reading Mastery I and II into one accelerated program that is appropriate for above-average beginners in Grades K or 1 or for children in Grades 2-3 who have poorly developed decoding skills.
For example, Lesson 60 on page 153 ("The Pet Goat") shows what happens after a girl is ordered by her parents to get rid of her pet goat, who has been munching everything in its path. The goat becomes a hero in the home when a car robber comes to the home and the goat butts him into submission.
A girl got a pet goat. She liked to go running with her pet goat. She played with her goat in her house. She played with her goat in her yard. But the goat did some things that made the girl's dad mad. The goat ate things. He ate cans and he ate canes. He ate pans and he ate panes. He even ate capes and caps. One day her dad said, "that goat must go. He ate too many things." The girl said, "dad if you let the goat stay with us, I will see that he stops eating all those things."
- SRA / McGraw-Hill
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When the stress of deciding whether to just sit quietly in front a group of school children and do nothing while your country is being attacked or quietly exuse yourself to do something about it, My Pet Goat is the cure for what ails you. Sit back and listen to those 7 year olds chop through the book and let all the cares of being the leader of the Free World melt away. Smile and wave at the following 20 minute photo-op without a care in the world.
This book is simply the most spellbinding book I have ever read. I was reading it one dark and stormy night when two calamities happened all at once. The first was that floodwater was creeping higher and higher up my front step and while that was happening a nasty, grease fire had broken out in my kitchen and was quickly spreading throughout the entire house. I could hear my wife hollering for me to come quick so that I could help her save the kids and the cat; but I said 'Honey, can't you wait? Don't you see I'm busy?' Then I continued reading. The next thing I knew my feet felt kinda wet but I couldn't take my eyes from the page. Next flaming beams were falling all around me, yet I still could not put down the book. Thank the Lord, I was finally able to finish it and save my family. The strange thing is that I once met a weird little guy who told me about a similar experience he had of not being able to put down this book. He said it was the first big boy book he had actually read cover to cover and he simply had to find out how it ended.
A gripping tail (pun intended!) of a girl and her pet goat. This is a real page-turner. Once you start My Pet Goat, nothing -- and I mean nothing -- will get you to put it down.