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Realistic

Fiction

by Paul Mason
illustrated by Courtney Autumn Martin

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STRATEGIES & SKILLS
Comprehension Vocabulary
Strategy: Visualize celebrate, courage,
Skill: Sequence disappointment, precious,
pride, remind, symbol,
Vocabulary Strategy tradition
Sentence Clues
Content Standard
Social Studies
Culture

Word count: 715**

**The total word count is based on words in the running text and headings only. Numerals and words
in captions, labels, diagrams, charts, and sidebars are not included.

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Genre Realistic Fiction

Essential Question
What can traditions teach you
about cultures?

by Paul Mason
illustrated by Courtney Autumn Martin

Chapter 1
The Change of Plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Chapter 2
Kitchen Duties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Chapter 3
Making Mole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Chapter 4
The Best Part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Respond to Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
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Chapter 1
The Change of Plans

Estela jumped out of bed and


dressed quickly. She was looking
forward to her friend Vicky’s pool
party. They were going to swim and
have a barbecue. All of her friends
were going to be there.

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Estela ran downstairs. Then she
stopped. Her mom was putting
the best tablecloth on the dining
room table. It was the precious one
from Puebla. They only used it to
celebrate special events.

“You’re up early,” said her mother.


“That’s great. You can help me get
ready for the family feast.”

Estela’s face dropped.

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“But I was going over to Vicky’s
today,” said Estela.

Mom shook her head. “I did remind


you yesterday that Aunt Carmen,
Uncle Felipe, and Grandpa and
Grandma are coming over.”

“Do I really have to be here?”


asked Estela.

“I know this a disappointment,”


Mom said. “But family comes first.
You’ll have to let Vicky know.”

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“You can help Aunt Carmen in the
kitchen,” said Mom. “We are going
to have a big meal. There’s lots of
cooking to do.”

“I’d rather go to a pool party,”


Estela thought.

STOP AND CHECK

What is Estela’s problem?

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Chapter 2
Kitchen Duties

Aunt Carmen and Uncle Felipe arrived.


They were carrying lots of bags.

Aunt Carmen gave Estela a big hug.


“You’ve grown so much!” she said.

Estela looked at her feet.

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“We’ve got lots to do in the
kitchen,” said Aunt Carmen. “I’m
going to make mole poblano.
I’m going to need your help.”

Estela thought about the pool party.


She sighed.
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Estela helped Aunt Carmen take
things out of the bags. She saw
chilies, nuts, onions, garlic, lots
of spices, and chocolate.

She also saw other things she


didn’t know.

There was so much. Estela


wondered how they could all
go into one sauce.

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“How did you learn to make this
sauce?” asked Estela.

“This is a family recipe,” Aunt


Carmen said with pride. “I learned
it from my mother. She was a great
cook. I loved to help her in the
kitchen.”
STOP AND CHECK

What is special about the dish


they are making?

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Chapter 3
Making Mole

Aunt Carmen put some spices


into a bowl. It was Estela’s job
to crush them.

“That was my job when I was


a girl,” Aunt Carmen said. “Every
Sunday, we had family dinners. It
was a tradition to make this sauce.”
She looked at Estela. “And I always
made a mess, too.”

She laughed.
So did Estela.

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Soon the thick, brown sauce was
cooking. It smelled good. Aunt
Carmen took out a spoonful. She
gave it to Estela.

“Yum,” said Estela. “This tastes


delicious. Making mole is fun.”

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The doorbell rang. Grandpa and
Grandma had arrived.

Grandpa put his head into the


kitchen. “That smells good,” he said.

“Did you help?” he asked Estela.

“She made most of it herself,”


Aunt Carmen said.

Estela smiled and blushed.

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When they sat down to eat, the
table was full of food. There were
salads, beans, and plates of rice and
turkey. Everyone was smiling and
laughing. They were all happy to be
with one another.

STOP AND CHECK

How is Estela feeling now?

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Chapter 4
The Best Part

“Where’s the mole poblano?” asked


Grandpa.

Estela wanted to bring in the mole


herself. But she didn’t have the
courage to carry the heavy dish.

“I’ll get it,” said Mom.

Estela watched them all spoon


the sauce onto their plates.

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“Yum!” said Grandpa, as everyone
tasted it. The others all agreed.

Estela looked around the table. They


were all so happy. Estela was glad
she had stayed. This was better
than a pool party. She enjoyed
helping Aunt Carmen. And now she
knew how to make a dish that her
grandmother used to make. That
felt great!
STOP AND CHECK

What did Estela learn


that day?

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Summarize Character

Setting

Summarize the story The Beginning

Special Meal. Use your Middle

graphic organizer to help.


End

Text Evidence
1. How can you tell this story is
realistic fiction? Genre

2. What happens to Estela at the


beginning of the story? Sequence

3. Find delicious on page 11. What


words and phrases help you figure
out its meaning? Sentence Clues

4. Write about how Estela felt when


her family ate the mole.
Write About Reading

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Genre Expository Text

Compare Texts
Read about mole sauce.

M ore
a bou t
Mole
Chocolate on chicken? Wouldn’t that
taste strange?

Well, chocolate is just one of the


things that go into mole. A mole
sauce also includes chili peppers,
Monkman/Photodisc/Getty Images

nuts, onion, tomatoes, garlic,


and spices. In fact, there can be
100  different ingredients in a mole.
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Mole poblano is one of Mexico’s
most famous dishes, and a symbol of
Mexican culture. But there are many
different recipes. Many families have
their own recipes. Parents teach the
recipe to their children.

chili
nuts
chocolate peppers

garlic
tomatoes

onion

Chocolate, which is
made from the cacao
plant, is not sweet
unless sugar is added.

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It takes a long time to make mole
sauce. Many of the ingredients are
ground down to a fine powder
before they are added to the recipe.
The sauce cooks for many hours
before it is ready to eat.

Mole is often
eaten on special
days. It is served
at weddings,
holidays, and
(l to r, t to b) Image Source/PunchStock, Ingram Publishing/SuperStock, Getty Images/Stockbyte, Jupiterimages,
y Ingram Publishing, Author’s Image/PunchStock.

big celebrations.

Make Connections
Burke Triolo Productions/Getty Images, D. Hurst/Alamy,

How did reading about the tradition


of mole sauce help you understand
Mexican culture? Essential Question
What Mexican traditions did you learn
about from The Special Meal and
More About Mole? Text to Text
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Purpose To understand the place of
traditions in a culture.

Procedure
Step 1 Choose a special food that is
traditional to a culture you
know or can research.
Step 2 Make a poster that shows the
special food and the things
needed to make it.
Step 3 Write a short explanation of
when and how the food is
made. Explain why it is special
for the culture.

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Literature Circles

Fiction

Setting
Where did The Special Meal take place?
What time did it take place?

Sequence of Events
What happened first, then, next, and
finally in The Special Meal?

Plot
What was the problem for Estela at
the beginning of the story?
What happened to make a change?
What was the result in the end?

Conclusions
What is the theme or message of
The Special Meal?

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