Honus & Me

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Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game -- except how to play well. His specialty is striking out. Stosh feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-paying job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor's attic, he feels even worse -- until he comes across a little piece of cardboard that takes his breath away. His heart is racing. His brain is racing. He can hardly believe his eyes. Stosh has stumbled upon a T-206 Honus Wagner -- the most valuable baseball card in the world! And he's about to find out that it's worth a lot more than money....

Curriculet Details
28 Questions
26 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in the fifth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining figurative language, foreshadowing, and historical concepts. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about character development and pacing. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of structure, language, and how characters compare and interact. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

Chapter One introduces the reader to Joe, the protagonist. There are some things you already know about Joe just from the scene on the ball field in which he is picked on by the other characters. Watch the video to find out more about how authors develop characters over the course of a story. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2

Which of the following is not an issue that Joe faces? 
This sentence is an excellent example of foreshadowing, which is discussed in the following video. What do you think may be in Miss Young's attic? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3

Why does Joe's opinion of Miss Young begin to change? 

Chapter 4

This link to a short article at the New York Public Library provides further details about why Honus wanted his card withdrawn. What does his concern for children tell you about Honus? (This annotation contains a link)
What is the meaning of the term "mint" in this context? 
Joe faces a difficult decision as he decides what to do with the baseball card. Think about another character you have read about who had a hard choice to make. Compare the dilemma in that story to Joe's problem. 

Chapter 5

The author has been giving little clues about Birdie's character. Is he someone Joe should trust? 
The highlighted text is an example of which of the following? 

Chapter 6

Does the author's use of simile help you picture Honus Wagner on the field? Watch this video to review simile and metaphor. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz One 

Chapter 7

The photo shows Honus Wagner on the field. Meeting Honus is a major turning point for the narrator. (This annotation contains an image)
What details show that Joe doesn't trust Honus? 
Joe may be suspicious of Honus, but the author's language portrays the man very positively. The reader can envision Honus as someone kind because the author describes Honus with words like "gently." 
Which of the following do Joe and Honus have in common? 

Chapter 8

Since the novel is told from Joe's perspective, the reader doesn't know any more about the events of the story than Joe does. Do you believe that Honus traveled through time or that Joe was only dreaming? 
How do Joe's teammates feel about him being called to bat? 
"Plop," is an example of onomatopoeia, when an author uses a word to imitate a sound. 
Which of the following best describes the author's tone in the highlighted segment? 
During Honus's time, child labor laws were not in place to protect children from working dirty, dangerous jobs. Kids were often sent to work in coal mines and factories, where they worked long hours for little pay. 
Which of the following best describes the relationship between Honus and Joe? 
The photograph of the contract shows the signature Honus forged when he signed on as his brother, William Wagner. 
How do the images relate to the story? 

Chapter 9

Butts is better known for being Honus's older brother than for his own baseball career. (This annotation contains an image)
Compare how Mom feels about Joe's decision to keep the card with how Joe feels about his actions. 
What could the author be gesturing towards with his use of foreshadowing here? 
What does the quote "That ain't baseball" tell the reader about Honus's feelings towards the game? 

Chapter 10

The beginning of Chapter Ten is an example of a scene which is fast-paced. The narrator realizes within a page that he has traveled through time. Watch this video to learn about how authors pace a scene or story. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following best describes the different effects of time travel on Honus and Joe? 
Notice the slang language that the author uses in Honus's dialogue. Does it give you a better picture of Honus and make the character feel more real? 
How does Honus help Joe blend in to 1909? 

Chapter 11

The "dead ball era" refers to a period of time from about 1900-1919. During these years, teams usually scored lower than they do today and homeruns were less frequent. Several different factors contributed to the "dead ball era," but one factor was the ball itself. Since leagues were on a tighter budget, balls were reused often and could become soft and worn, keeping them from traveling as far after being hit. 
The highlighted text is an example of which of the following? 
The first World Series was only six years earlier, in 1903. 
What does Joe notice about this game in comparison with modern day games? 

Chapter 12

Notice the author's use of imagery to help the reader picture the scene of Honus at bat. The little details help to form a mental picture of what is going on on the field. 
Why would the ball have been harder for players to see during Honus's time? 
The use of "tossed" in this sentence is an example of figurative language because it is not meant to be taken literally. It is impossible to physically "toss" someone a look, but the language helps you to imagine Cobb quickly looking at Honus with a meaningful expression. 
How does this chapter relate to the structure of the story? 
How did Honus make one of Joe's dreams come true? 
Quiz Two 

Chapter 13

A commonly used figure of speech, not meant to be taken literally, is referred to as an idiom. You may have heard of idioms without even knowing what they are called. Some common examples include "It's raining cats and dogs!" or "That was a piece of cake!" 
What secret does Joe uncover about Miss Young? 
The author has portrayed Honus positively several times through the character's action. Can you remember some of Honus's acts of kindness throughout the story? 
How does the relationship between Honus and Joe change at this moment? 
Something or someone melancholy is sad and gloomy. The fans of the opposite team are really upset about their loss. 
Why does the narrator say that Craig Grebeck is his favorite player of all time? 

Chapter 14

What do you think Joe's hero, Honus, would do with the card? 
What is Mrs. Kelly trying to teach Joe when she tells him, "Don't make your decision by simply adding up the totals of those two columns"? 

Chapter 15

Birdie Farrell is an excellent example of an antagonist. Watch this video to review protagonists and antagonists. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following characters is the protagonist of the story? 
Which of the following characters is not interested in the baseball card for the financial value it represents? 
What does the narrator reveal that explains why he is not upset over the loss of the card? 

Chapter 16

Joe changes during the story because he learns to deal with insults and also becomes a better ball player. Watch this video to review dynamic characters, which are characters that change or grow throughout the course of a story. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 17

The narrator does not explicitly state what happens to Miss Young. Using what you know about the baseball card, which of the following is most likely to be true? 
Quiz Three 

To the Reader

The photograph shows the grave marker shared by Honus and his wife Bessie. (This annotation contains an image)