The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale -- the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating -- has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

Curriculet Details
13 Questions
13 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining conflict, character development, and Christian church practices. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about theme and symbolism. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of conflict, character development, and diction. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

Point of view the perspective from which we hear the story. Here is a short video that describes this literary term.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How would you describe the Herdman siblings to someone who hasn't read about them? 
Blackmail is an act involving threats to harm another person unless a demand is met.  
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How does Imogene get the things she wants? 

Chapter 2

This is an example of character development. Here is a short video about this literary term.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.5
The highlighted text is an example of what? 
Sunday school is smaller classroom based workshops where church attendees learn about the bible in many Christian churches. Most of these are broken up by age groups and end right before the sermon begin. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6
How would you describe the character who is telling us this story? What do you know about the character so far? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 3

There are two types of conflict that show up in books. Here is a short video about these terms.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What type of conflict is Mother having with Mrs. Armstrong? 
Imagery is the description of things in a story. Here is a short video about this literary term.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3
The highlighted text an example of what literary term? 
Geranium is a genus of 422 species of flowering annual, biennial, and perennial plants that are commonly known as the cranesbills. They are found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region. The long, cleft leaves are broadly circular in form. The flowers have five petals and are colored white, pink, purple or blue, often with distinctive veining. Geraniums will grow in any soil as long as it is not waterlogged.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is it called in literary terms when everyone is upset that the Herdmans are starring in the pagent? 

Chapter 4

Archetypes are often used in stories. Here is a short video that explains this literary term.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3
Which of the follow archetypes are present in this story? 
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What archetype is King Herod in this story? 

Chapter 5

Every story that has characters usually has some that are dynamic and others that are static. Here is a short video that tells you about these types of characters.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3
What type of character is Imogene? 
"Foster care" is the term used for a system in which a child is placed with a caregiver, referred to as a "foster parent." (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

Chapter 6

Writers use symbols to give things meanings that are different from their literal sense. Here is a short video about this term.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3
Which of the following is a symbol from the story? 

Chapter 7

Ushers assist visitors by showing the way in a large building or to their appropriate seats.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does the term "colic" mean?  
The theme of a book is an important part of understanding the text. Here is a short video about this literary term.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What is one of the themes you recognize from the story? 
Quiz 3