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Discover the astonishing true stories—that will make readers laugh, cry, and gasp—behind the headlines: Charles Lindbergh Jr., Abducted by Aliens, Students Storm US Embassy, Terry Anderson, Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard, and more.
Curriculet Details
16 Questions
17 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining summarization, point of view and author's purpose. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about text-based evidence and making inferences. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of text structure, media analysis, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Kidnapping is a ___________, therefore it is punishable by law. 
Do you believe in alien abductions? For decades, alien abductions have been reported by people; however, it is a highly controversial topic because most people do not believe that aliens exist.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 1: Charles Lindbergh Jr., Kidnapped

Below is an image of a gold note.  (This annotation contains an image)
What makes Baby Charlie different from most 20-month-old children? 
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? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of ransom. Write a complete sentence using the word ransom correctly. 

Chapter 2: Abducted by Aliens!

What do the two highlighted events have in common? 
New Hampshire is located between Vermont and Maine near the northeastern coast of the United States.  (This annotation contains an image)
Text-based evidence is information from the text you can use to support your answers or inferences. Watch the video to learn more about text-based evidence.  (This annotation contains a video)
How are Betty's memories similar to her nightmares? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 3: Students Storm US Embassy

Based on details in the timeline, how long were the hostages held in captivity? 
Iran is located in Western Asia.  (This annotation contains an image)
Yellow ribbons could be seen tied around trees all across the United States awaiting the return of the hostages. Yellow ribbons may also be tied around trees to welcome home soldiers from war.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does President Carter most likely want this mission to be a secret? 

Chapter 4: Terry Anderson Held Hostage

Terry Anderson is an American journalist. In this photo, Anderson is lecturing at Ohio University. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of captivity. Which definition most closely fits the context of the sentence? 
Why does Terry Anderson refuse to give the kidnappers the names of other Americans in Lebanon? 
Make Connections: How do you think Terry Anderson felt in captivity? How would you feel if you were in that kind of situation? 
What do the details in the highlighted text reveal about Terry Anderson?  
What caused the rebels and 94 hostages to die in the theatre? 

Chapter 5: Elizabeth Smart Taken at Night

Making Inferences: When you make an inference, you take information in the text and make a "guess" as to why something may or may not happen. Watch the video to learn more about making inferences. Why do you infer is the reason Elizabeth Smart's dad did NOT check the windows to make sure they were locked?  (This annotation contains a video)
What do you infer is the reason the kidnapper took Elizabeth instead of Mary Katherine? 
Based on information in the text and the image on this page, where might you see an Amber Alert bulletin? 
Television broadcast of an Amber Alert  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 2 

Chapter 6: Jaycee Dugard

How do you think Jaycee's mother feels about not kissing her daughter goodbye on the morning of her kidnapping? 
Based on the details in the text, what time of day does Jaycee Dugard get kidnapped? 
What do these details reveal about Phillip Garrido? Do you think he needs psychiatric help? 
Which event led to the capture of Phillip Garrido and his wife? 

Chapter 7: Held Captive

Write a complete sentence using the word diabetes. Type your sentence below. 
What do you think of this fact? Does this shock you? 
Why do you suppose Devlin kidnapped Ben? Was Ben in the wrong place at the wrong time or has Devlin kidnapped other kids in the past? 
Why does Devlin's boss feel bad about turning him in to police? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Why is the boys' rescue called a "miracle"? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
Quiz 3