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What's on TV?



What's on TV?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.88

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    darn, half-hour, half-hours, pointed, listed, listing, marked, beginning, longer, interesting, bold, bars, okay, bored, channel, sense


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What's on TV?
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     "Oh, darn!" Sandy said, as she turned on the TV. "I missed my favorite show again!"
 
2     "Why don't you look at the TV listings so you know when it's on?" asked Matt.
 
3     "I've tried, but they're so confusing," Sandy told him.
 
4     "Let me try to help you understand them," Matt offered. "Maybe then you won't miss the shows you like."
 
5     "That would be great!" Sandy said.
 
6     They turned to the TV listings in their local newspaper. Matt admitted that it was a big, confusing chart. But he helped Sandy make sense of it.
 
7     Matt pointed to the column on the left. He told Sandy that the different TV channels were listed in that column. There were numbers and letters. Matt said that the numbers were mostly the local channels. Every city usually has at least three local TV stations. This is where they broadcast shows on the big three networks.
 
8     "They are ABC, NBC, and CBS," Matt told Sandy. "These channels are free."
 
9     He also told Sandy that this is where she would find her local news shows. He went on to talk about the other letters in the left hand column. He said they were channels you could get on cable or with a dish. He said people don't usually get all the channels listed. "You only get the ones you pay for," Matt said.
 
10     "Oh, I have basic cable," said Sandy. She pointed out the channels she received.
 
11     "Okay, I get the stuff about the channels," Sandy said, "But what about the other stuff in this big chart?"
 
12     Matt pointed to the top of the chart. "This is where the times are printed. Most programs are either a half-hour or an hour long. Movies and other special programs are sometimes more than an hour long." He showed Sandy how the times were marked of in half-hours across the top of the chart.
 
13     "It's all these bars in the middle of the chart I really don't understand," Sandy told him.
 
14     "What's your favorite show?" Matt asked her.

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