Day One: Part One: Read the text silently and annotate the text using the symbols below. Take notes on the important facts and details.
Day TWO: Part Two: Read the text again, discuss and answer the comprehension questions
1 What is the structure of the 1st 4 paragraphs of this article? (How was it written-compare/contrast, cause/effect, chronilogical order or problem/solution)? How do you know? 2. Why did Pony Express riders have to weigh less than 125 pounds? 3. How fast could the Pony Express take a letter from California to Missouri? 4. Why were the Pony Express stations about ten miles apart? 5. What is the main idea of the fifth paragraph? 6. What ended the Pony Express? 7. About how far did Pony Express riders travel on a usual day? 8. How many mail pouches did the Pony Express lose? 9. Which title best describes the author's purpose in writing this? 10. How was the Pony Express able to move letters across the country so quickly? Refer to the text in your answer.