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Mystery of the Brilliant Student
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.22

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     challenging words:    blackboard-challenged, irony, disastrous, lukewarm, uncomfortable, fellow, unit, teaching, cringe, writing, interesting, flush, mystery, blackboard, thoughts, upright
     content words:    William Drye, So William


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Mystery of the Brilliant Student
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Ms. Benton listened jealously to her fellow teacher talk about one of his students. She loved her job, but every once in a while she wondered if she was making an impact on the young people who passed through her classroom. It was a mystery to her why she never seemed to have such brilliant students in her class.
 
2     "I am telling you that this kid is going to win a Pulitzer someday," raved Mr. Ross. "I have never had such a talented and thoughtful student. William writes well, and he also participates in class discussions. You should hear him talk about Shakespeare!"
 
3     "That's great, Phil," said Mr. Smith, the history teacher. "I know we all like the kids, but a sharp one like that makes class time much more interesting."
 
4     "This boy has so much potential," said Mr. Ross. "He is even interested in that national writing contest I promote every year."
 
5     Ms. Benton slouched deeper into her chair in the teacher's lounge while carefully sipping her stale, black coffee. She ran one hand through her salt-and-pepper hair and wondered if she had a few more gray streaks because of her disastrous math class. She certainly did not have a great success story to share today. In fact, she was feeling a little discouraged since the most memorable thing about her math class that day was a dreadful, dusty disaster.

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