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Discover the astonishing true stories—that will make readers laugh, cry, and gasp—behind the headlines: The Boston Massacre, Pearl Harbor, Kent State, Sarajevo, Pentagon, Cyber Attacks, and more.
Curriculet Details
16 Questions
20 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fifth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, text structure and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about media connections and author's purpose. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of inference, point of view, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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After reading the highlighted text, would you say the author provides a good introduction to the book?  
What caused the United States to enter World War II? 

Homework #7

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?  
Using context clues, which is the BEST definition of cheap? 
Watch the video and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
After watching the video, who do you think is to blame for the Boston Massacre? 
Here is a color image of Paul Revere's depiction of the Boston Massacre. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2: Attack on Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu. Much of the harbor and surrounding lands is a United States Navy deep-water naval base.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the Key Terms is a collective noun? 
Collective nouns are nouns that name a group of people, animals, or things.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #9

Why was there still hope for the United States after the attack at Pearl Harbor? 
Here is the USS Arizona.  (This annotation contains an image)
The USS Arizona Memorial can be seen below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 1 

Chapter 3: Four Dead at Kent State

Why does the author include a timeline at the beginning of each chapter? How does the timeline help the reader? 
What does this statement suggest? 

Homework #11

Why was the Ohio National Guard sent to Kent State University? 
How do you think Dean Kahler felt during the shootings? How would you feel if this happened to you? 
What similarities can you identify between the Chicago riot and the Kent State massacre? 
Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for convention? 

Homework #13

What is the most likely reason war broke out in Sarajevo? 
The Muslims had little or no _____________. 

Chapter 5: Attack on the Pentagon

What do all of these events have in common? 
What is the author's purpose for including Key Terms at the beginning of each chapter? Why is it important to know what words mean? 

Homework #15

What was the main result of the plane hitting the Pentagon? 
Make Connections: How would you feel if you were Tracy Webb? 
Quiz 2 

Homework #17

Computer networks look like the diagram below. (This annotation contains an image)
A firewall is a security system that keeps computers safe. In the annotation above, why does information from the internet pass through the firewall before it goes to our computers? 
Watch the video to learn more about computer viruses and how they can affect your computer.  (This annotation contains a video)
According to the information in the video, how can you protect your computer from a virus? 

Homework #19

Mumbai is the most populated city in India. Watch the video to see some of the most historic and monumental places in Mumbai. Would you like to go there? (This annotation contains a video)
What is the most likely reason that Mumbai is the richest city in India? 
What does it mean to "beef up" security? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of appealed. Based on the definition, Kasab has asked for his death sentence to be _________________. 

Homework #21

How do you think Hasan feels about what he did? 
What steps does Hasan take to ensure that he will be able to carry out his shooting spree at Fort Hood? 
In 2013, Nidal Hasan was convicted and sentenced to death. He remains on death row.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 3