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Discover the astonishing true stories—that will make readers laugh, cry, and gasp—behind the headlines: Ace Pilot, Spy Plane, Flight 007, Dark Horse Six, Passenger Planes, Navy Seal Team 6, and more.
Curriculet Details
18 Questions
18 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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If a warplane goes down and the crew is lucky, they can usually parachute safely to earth. How does this differ from what happens in a passenger plane? 
What is the author's purpose for including this introduction at the beginning of the book? 

Chapter 1: Ace Pilot Shot Down

Elevator is a multiple-meaning word. Multiple-meaning words have more than one meaning. Watch the video to learn more about words with multiple meanings.  (This annotation contains a video)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definitions of elevator. Choose one of the definitions and write a sentence using the word correctly in context. 

Homework #7

Why does Yeager feel good under his parachute? Why is he glad he is not in his plane? 
How does Yeager probably feel as he drifts slowly to the ground? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 

Chapter 2: Spy Plane Shot Down

The U-2 spy plane has undergone some changes since its introduction in the 1950s. Look at the image below to see how the U-2 plane has evolved over the decades.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does a "Cold War" differ from a regular war? 

Homework #9

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 cockpit. Which definition most closely fits the context of the sentence? 
Headings are a feature in nonfiction text. Read the poster to find out why headings are important in nonfiction text. Then, answer the question below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you know about Headings, what do you suppose this section of text will be about? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 3: Flight 007 Shot Down

Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States.  (This annotation contains an image)
Create a sentence using the word refuel correctly in context. Type your sentence below. 

Homework #11

Why is the Soviet Union concerned about the U.S. passenger plane flying in their territory? 
Watch the video below to learn more about making inferences. Based on what you have read so far, what do you infer will happen to Flight 007?  (This annotation contains a video)
Study the image. Then, use the information to answer the question below. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the annotation above to complete the following sentence. The "black box" is located in the _____________ of the airplane. 

Chapter 4: Shot Down Over Iraq

What is the difference between an attack helicopter and an observation helicopter? Write your answer in complete sentences. 

Homework #13

Captain Kimberly Hampton is in the cockpit of an Army helicopter. 
Why does Kimberly receive three medals even after she is dead? 

Homework #15

September 11, 2001 is a day that Americans will never forget. Many newspaper headlines called it the "day of terror." Read the headlines on the newspaper below. (This annotation contains an image)
Which evidence from the text is supported by the image in the annotation above? 
Why does President Bush give the order to shoot down the hijacked planes? 
What is your opinion about shooting down a passenger plane? Explain your answer. 
What is the purpose of a "no-fly zone"? 
Why are there "no-fly zones" near the President's house? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 6: Navy SEAL Team 6

Create a sentence using the word amphibious correctly in context. Type your sentence below. 
Look at the aerial view of the Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia. Have you ever seen a naval base before? (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #17

Name ONE operation the SEALS have performed. Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Why do you think SEALs sneak in by swimming? Do you think enemies are less likely to suspect being attacked by water? 

Chapter 7: Drones

Watch the video demonstration of how the Nano Hummingbird works.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #19

What is a drone? 
Watch the Joggobot demonstration video. Then, answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
According to the video, what is one reason people like the Joggobot? 
After you finish Quiz 3, look at the next page. It contains a glossary of words found in this book. A glossary is a nonfiction text feature that highlights important words from a text.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 3