Who Was Annie Oakley?

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You want girl power? Meet Annie Oakley! Born in 1860, she became one of the best-loved and most famous women of her generation. She amazed audiences all over the world with her sharpshooting, horse-riding, action-packed performances. In an age when most women stayed home, she traveled the world and forged a new image for American women.
Curriculet Details
21 Questions
25 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining historical events and historical figures. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about making inferences and textual evidence. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of main idea, supporting details, and inferences. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Who Was Annie Oakley?

What is the overall purpose of this first chapter?  

Darke County

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Which of the following sentences if NOT a topic sentence in the highlighted paragraphs? 
The author is using quotes from Annie Oakley to support statements that she writes. Using quotes to support your claims is a very good way to back up your statements.  

The Infirmary

Which of the following sentences is NOT a supporting details in the highlighted paragraph?  

25 Out of 25 Wins

Often when reading both nonfiction and fiction texts, the reader needs to make inferences. Watch the video below for more information on how to make inferences, and see if you can make inferences as you continue to read.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following pieces of information can we most likely infer about Annie's shooting based on the information in the highlighted paragraph?  
Can you imagine it being a normal thing to pick out pellets from the meat that you are eating? This was what it was like during Annie's time.  

Annie and Frank and Dear Old George

What genre of book is this?  
Watch the video below for more information on text-based evidence. Keep this information in mind as you continue reading.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does the author support the main idea with text based evidence? Include examples in your answer.  
Annie Oakley had a musical written about her. It's called Annie Get Your Gun. In it, there is a famous song called, "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better." It is sung between Annie and Frank, and illustrates the competitive nature of Frank and Annie, and how Annie is not afraid to show off her talents. Below if a clip of the song being performed.  (This annotation contains a video)
Section 1 Quiz 

Little Sure Shot

Chapter titles often give the reader an idea about what the chapter will discuss. This chapter's title is "Little Sure Shot." What do you think that means? How does this relate to the text of the chapter?  
What inference can we make from the way this paragraph is written?  
Sitting Bull has a very interesting life. Below you can access a video that shows a man singing an illustrated story about Sitting Bull's life. Watch for more information on this historical figure.  (This annotation contains a link)
Make an inference about what the next chapter will be about.  

Welcome to the Wild West

The fact that the Wild West show was part circus and part theater sounds as though it is perfect for Annie and Frank's performance.  
Use the define feature to determine the best meaning for "lariat tricks."  
The Pony Express was a way to send communication and letters across the country. Watch the video below for more information on its importance, and the reason it ended so quickly. (This annotation contains a video)

An Uncommon Life

Which of the following sentences is NOT text evidence to support the topic sentence?  
Chintz curtains are made of fabric that often has floral patterns and imported from India. You can see an image of what they look like below.  (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think is the main purpose of the illustrations in this book?  

The Island and the Garden

Again, the author uses quotes from Annie herself to give evidence to support her ideas of why Sitting Bull joined the show.  
How do you think Annie will react to Lillian Smith? Use evidence to support your answer.  
You can infer from Annie's behavior that she is very strong-willed and competitive.  
This sentence is written to lead the reader into the next paragraphs. What is this type of sentence called?  
Section 2 Quiz 


Queen Victoria is England's longest reigning monarch. She is the Queen Elizabeth II's great-great grandmother. You can see the family tree below.  (This annotation contains an image)
An oilskin is a water-proof garment that was often worn by sailors. You can see an image of one below.  (This annotation contains an image)
The sentence, "It went on to attract more than half a million people that month alone," helps support which main idea?  
Annie's actions allow the reader to make inferences about her personality. Why did Annie do this? What does this say about her?  
What color is crimson?  
Queen Victoria loved her husband Prince Albert so much. When he died, she went into years of public mourning. The fact that she came out for Annie's performance says a lot about Annie and the spectacular show she put on.  
Bootblacks is a term for shoeshiners.  
In your own words, explain why Annie and Frank decided to leave Buffalo Bill's show.  


Throwing vegetables at the stage, specifically tomatoes, was a way that audiences could show their dislike for a performance. Below you will see a picture of Squidward from Spongebob Square Pants covered in tomatoes after a bad performance.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is not text evidence to support the main idea of this paragraph?  
At this point in history, the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable allowed individuals to communicate across the Atlantic Ocean within minutes. Therefore, news could travel fairly quickly between North America and Europe. Below is a map of the Transatlantic Cable route. (This annotation contains an image)


The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 was an architectural feet and the first time the city would host the World's Fair. The video below provides more information on the Chicago Wold's Fair, or the Columbian Exposition.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does it mean that Annie got "top billing"? 
Below you can watch a slow-motion video of someone shooting a card with a pistol, similar to how Annie would have done it.  (This annotation contains a video)
What inference can you make about Annie based on her invitation to Forest & Stream magazine?  
Thomas Edison is famed for inventing the lightbulb. Watch the video below for more information on Thomas Edison. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following characteristics best describes Annie based on the text evidence?  

Her Own Woman

Look at the image of the train below. What can you infer just by looking at the illustration?  
Why would Annie want to teach women how to shoot? Support your reasoning with evidence.  
Annie and Frank proved to be very generous after performing, giving their time, energy, and money to causes in need.  
Section 3 Quiz