The Great Rhyme Travel Machine
Story Characters - Multi-Level Format

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Kelly                                                                          6% of story

Stage 2- Beginning Reader

My name is Kelly. I bet you’ve heard of me. Folks say that I’m the “class clown” because I’m always playing jokes. Hey, it’s true! I love to make people smile. There are too many frowners in this world, if you know what I mean. I have a great way of making my mom smile too. You see, I’m a pretty good speller and I always get good grades on my tests. It makes my mom so proud, she grins from ear to ear. It’s my favorite smile to see.

Marcus                                                                     17% of story

Stage 3 - Transitional Reader

My name is Marcus. Along with my twin sister, Melinda, I enjoy going to Summersville Elementary School. Even though I’m not the best at sports, I can read more books in a week than any other kid in my grade! Whenever I get my hands on a science or history book, I am totally happy. I get lost in those pages. I love to experiment with new things that I’ve read about, but I’m always careful. Our teacher, Miss Chalk encourages me to explore the things I’m interested in through reading and observation. Maybe one day I’ll be a famous scientist … who knows?

Amelia                                                                        12% of story

Stage 3 - Transitional Reader

My name is Amelia. I was born in 1897 in Kansas. I get to travel around the United States extensively because my father is employed by the railroad. I consider this my good fortune as I adore anything that’s FAST! You just plant my feet upon a speedy train, a motor car or trusty bicycle and I’m practically floating inside! But that’s not all I love. I’ve read hundreds of books on every subject. Some of them lead me toward the medical profession. Others inspire me to travel the world. There are a great many career choices for women these days. I can’t wait to grow up and become the first person to do something!

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Melinda                                                                     19% of story

Stage 4 - Intermediate Reader

My name is Melinda. I’m 12 years old and I attend Summersville Elementary School. All the kids know me because of my long curly red hair. I like that! Everyone also knows that my favorite thing in this whole world is MATH! I could spend hours playing math games and solving problems. If you need help with a calculation, then I’m the girl to call. My teachers and friends say that I’m a smart kid. Well, I try to be! Oh! I also have a twin brother named Marcus who is really super cool…but don’t tell him I said that!

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Thomas                                                                       12% of story

Stage 4 - Intermediate Reader

My name is Thomas. I was born in 1847 in the state of Ohio. Often, others at school proclaimed I wasn’t smart. It hurt my feelings greatly, but it surely inspired me to prove my worth. My mother let me read and study at home. She realized that I was smart indeed…in ways some folks could never foresee. I’ve always fancied drawing pictures of things I desire to create. I’m bound to fill up another multitude of little notebooks this year. The ideas are just filling my noggin and I can’t resist making note of every single one of them!

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Miss Chalk                                                             Small Part

Stage 3 - Transitional Reader

My name is Miss Chalk. I teach history and science at Summersville Elementary school. School is never boring when I’m around! We have fun while we learn. When I was a little girl people said I couldn’t read very well. I decided right then that I would dedicate my life to books and helping other kids feel good about themselves. I love being a teacher! Even though I’ve taught for many years, everyday is still a new adventure. And when you have students, like Melinda, Marcus and Kelly, the adventures can be pretty awesome!

Narrator                                                                      25% of story

Stage 5 - Advanced Reader

As the narrator, I am the master storyteller! It's up to me to keep the story alive and interesting with each exciting detail. So, I must read everything with expression and excitement!