Discover the astonishing true stories—that will make readers laugh, cry, and gasp—behind the headlines: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, A Sticky Mess, The Iron Curtain, The Kursk, The Quecreek Mine Flood, The Chilean Miners, and more.
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Chapter 1: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Timelines are used in nonfiction text to tell when specific events occurred in history. Read the poster below. Why do you think the author includes a timeline at the beginning of the chapter? (This annotation contains an image)
Read the definition of fire escape. Then, create a sentence using fire escape correctly in context. Type your sentence below.
How might the outcome of the fire been different if the windows and doors had been unlocked?
How do the paper and cloth scraps help to accelerate the fire?
Chapter 2: The Molasses Tank Rupture
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts. It is one of the nation's first cities. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the details in the text, we can infer that molasses is _________________.
Read the poster below. Why is the molasses wave compared to a tsunami? (This annotation contains an image)
Using context clues, what is the BEST definition of collapsed?
Watch the video to learn more about calling 9-1-1 in an emergency. (This annotation contains a video)
In which of the following situations should you call 9-1-1?
Chapter 3: Trapped Behind the Iron Curtain
Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon? If so, what was it like? If not, would you like to? (This annotation contains an image)
What does the Iron Curtain symbolize? Use information from the text to support your answer.
The Iron Curtain was not an actual curtain. It symbolized the separation of the east and west sides of Europe. (This annotation contains an image)
How would you describe the people who want to escape?
What do you suppose the Wetzel and Strelzyck families will do with the hot air balloon?
Chapter 4: The Kursk Disaster
The Barents Sea is located off the northern coasts of Norway and Russia. (This annotation contains an image)
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 compartment. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for compartment?
Look at the image of the Kursk. Notice the size comparisons of the Kursk to a bus and a jet. (This annotation contains an image)
What do the details in the highlighted text suggest about the trapped sailors on the Kursk?
Chapter 5: The Quecreek Mine Flood
George Walker Bush was the 43rd president of the United States. He served as President from 2001-2009. (This annotation contains an image)
Some mines are closed when _________________________.
How might the water in the Saxon mine affect the Quecreek mine?
What do you think kept the miners alive? What does this reveal about a human's will to live?
How long does it take rescue workers to get all nine miners out of the mine?
Chapter 6: Upper Big Branch Mine
West Virginia is located in the eastern part of the United States. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the image in the annotation to answer this question. Which state borders West Virginia to the north?
What do these details reveal about the mine blast?
What role does electricity play in people's lives? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Chapter 7: Two Stephanies
Indiana is located in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the definition of debris. Which part of speech is debris?
What do the details in the highlighted text reveal about Stephanie Decker?
How do you think the cheers from the crowd make Stephanie feel as she walks on stage? How would you feel?
A caption is a nonfiction text feature. Read the poster to find out more about captions. (This annotation contains an image)
This picture of Stephanie Nielson was taken after her accident. Her face and neck will always be scarred from the burns. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 8: Chilean Miners
Why is food and water sometimes rationed during a crisis?
How does being organized and keeping your spirits up help a person stay alive?
Watch the movie trailer for "The 33." (This annotation contains a video)