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Flower fables was the first work published by Louisa May Alcott and appeared on December 9, 1854. The book was a compilation of fanciful stories first written six years earlier for Ellen Emerson (daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson). (From feedbooks.com)
Curriculet Details
30 Questions
29 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in sixth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining figurative language, character traits, and metacognitive reading strategies. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about making inferences, and genre. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of textual evidence, conflict, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Louisa May Alcott, best known as the author of "Little Women," wrote these stories at the age of 15. Originally, she told them to Ralph Waldo Emerson's daughter Ellen, who insisted Alcott write them down in a book.  


Why is Fairy Violet upset? 
What is Violet's plan to soften the Frost-King? 
Personification is when human qualities are given to objects or animals. The personification in the selected phrase gives wind the human ability to murmur, which emphasizes the sad feeling of the setting. To learn more about personification, watch the video clip below.  (This annotation contains a video)
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. Try it right now to look up the word "imploring."  
Use the define function to look up the word mantle. Which definition is appropriate for the sentence it is used in? 
Alcott wrote these stories as fables, which are short stories used to teach lessons. Watch the video below and pay attention to the characteristics of a fable.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement best compares the Frost-King's old palace to the new one Violet has made? 
 What lesson about life does Sunny Lock's fable teach? 


A good reader uses clues to figure out things that are not exactly stated in the text. Learn more about how to make inferences in the following video. What can you infer about Eva from the way she shows concern about the Elves? (This annotation contains a video)
The Fairies show that they are  ______ when they sing a hymn to the Father of birds and blossoms. 
We learn about characters from what they do, what they say, and what other characters say about them. View the video below to learn how to identify character traits. As you read pay attention to the positive and negative traits of the characters in each story. How would you describe the characters of the bee and the dove? (This annotation contains a video)
A good reader can summarize main points in a story. In this part of the story Eglantine has brought a gift for the Queen of sweet dew from the people of the earth to show their gratitude. View the following video to learn more about summarizing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary describing what Rainbow brings to the Queen, and explain how the Queen reacts to the gift.  
Writers use different structures to build the ideas of a story. Chronological order is used to explain how things happen in time order. Some key words that help you recognize chronological order include: first, after, later, next, and finally.  
What is the Elves' purpose in bringing Eva to Fairy-Land? 
Write a sentence summarizing the characteristics that make these flowers the "fairest sight" that the Fairies show Eva.  
Quiz Chapters 1-3 


Which line from the poem indicates that the rose bud is stubborn? 
Notice how this fable is structured as a poem with short lines that rhyme.  


Here is an image of thistledown.  (This annotation contains an image)
The narrator describes Thistledown as ______ and Lily-Bell as ______. 
This story is told in chronological order, as events happen. Learn more about how to determine the sequence of events in this video.  (This annotation contains a video)
The mother rose has forgiven Thistledown for destroying her bud and given him shelter from the rain. Would you be able to forgive someone who has hurt you? What does forgiving do for the mother rose? 
The words "singing," "bright," and "pleasant" indicate that the bees  
Good readers focus on important ideas, ask questions as they read, and predict what will happen next. Do you think Thistledown will follow the Queen's rules? 
Alcott uses _____ to compare the sound of the garments to withered leaves.  
Which word does Alcott NOT use to personify the vine? 
The language classical authors use in their writing can confuse contemporary readers. Using the define function can help you translate the selected sentence: "At last he begged the silent Brownie sincerely to tell him where she had gone."  
Because of Thistledown's previous actions, the flowers have learned that 
Good readers make connections to the text. The flowers forgive Thistledown and help him. What would it take for you to forgive someone who hurt you? 
The author indicates Thistledown's internal conflict by the selected phrase.  
Which word is an antonym for industry? 
How does Thistledown find the Water Spirits' home? 
Good readers create a picture in their minds of what is happening in the text. Can you see the coral home of the Water Spirits? 
Read the following fable "The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf" and then answer the question that follows. A Shepherd Boy tended his master's sheep near a dark forest not far from the village. Soon he found life in the pasture very dull. All he could do to amuse himself was to talk to his dog or play on his shepherd's pipe. One day as he sat watching the sheep and the quiet forest, and thinking what he would do should he see a wolf, he thought of a plan to amuse himself. His master had told him to call for help should a wolf attack the flock, and the villagers would drive it away. So now, though he had not seen anything that even looked like a wolf, he ran toward the village shouting at the top of his voice, "Wolf! Wolf!" As he expected, the villagers who heard the cry dropped their work and ran in great excitement to the pasture. But when they got there they found the boy doubled up with laughter at the trick he had played on them. A few days later the Shepherd Boy again shouted, "Wolf! Wolf!" Again the villagers ran to help him, only to be laughed at again. Then one evening as the sun was setting behind the forest and the shadows were creeping out over the pasture, a Wolf really did spring from the underbrush and fall upon the sheep. In terror the boy ran toward the village shouting "Wolf! Wolf!" But though the villagers heard the cry, they did not run to help him as they had before. "He cannot fool us again," they said. The wolf killed a great many of the boy's sheep and then slipped away into the forest. 
How does Aesop's fable about the shepherd and the wolf compare to Thistledown's experience in this fable? Cite details from both fables to support your response. 


All of the following items are given to Bud EXCEPT for 
Here is a picture of a cow-slip. Can you imagine how it would look as a hat?  (This annotation contains an image)
The Fairies will take the garments to Queen Dew-Drop. Do you think she will accept them? Why or why not? 
Explain why the Fairies are happy even though they long for their Fairy-Land home.  
How can you apply the lesson the Fairies learn to your own life? 
Quiz Chapters 4-6 


The author describes a peaceful setting of the meadow in the first stanza. What do you think will happen to disrupt the lovely scene? 
What is the meaning of the metaphor "winter tomb"? 
All the flowers who did not help the worm before he became a butterfly are now trying to attract his attention. Which flower do you think he will choose? 
Which statement best indicates the lesson of the butterfly and Clover-Blossom? 


Theme is the overall message of a book that is repeatedly addressed as the plot progresses. Each fable has a lesson that involves the rewards of showing kindness to others, even those who don't deserve it.  
What can you infer from the droop of the fairy flower? 
Authors choose words carefully to indicate their feelings about a subject. This is the author's tone. In this paragraph, the words "smiled," "peeped," and "cooed" indicate that the author feels that nature is peaceful and calm.  
Describe the internal conflict that Annie is experiencing.  
Annie has learned that being kind and loving to others will make her happy, while giving in to mean thoughts and actions will bring her sorrow. Have you ever had an experience when being mean brought you unhappiness? 
We may not have a fairy flower to remind us to be kind. View this video and answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Compare the previous video to the fable "Little Annie's Dream." What does Annie learn from her dream and how does it compare to the message the children in the video are trying to teach? 


Ripple can be described as  
Ripple shows perseverance by continuing to search for the Fire-Spirits. Are there any tasks you have struggled with that required perseverance? 
The words shone, silver, scattered and snow are examples of  
Good readers often pause and reflect during reading to reflect on the accuracy of previous predictions and clear up any confusion about the story. In this fable, Ripple has used all the gifts the seasons have given her to reach the Fire-Spirits, who have refused to give their gift of life. How do you think Ripple will change their decision? 
As you read the fable "The Mice in Council" think about how the mice who suggests the plan is similar and different to Ripple. Then answer the next question. The mice summoned a council to decide how they might best devise means for obtaining notice of the approach of their great enemy the Cat. Among the many plans devised, the one that found most favor was the proposal to tie a bell to the neck of the Cat, that the Mice, being warned by the sound of the tinkling, might run away and hide themselves in their holes at his approach. But when the Mice further debated who among them should thus bell the Cat, there was no one found to do it. Moral: Let those who propose be willing to perform. 
Explain what qualities make Ripple and the mice similar and different. Cite details from both fables to support your response. 


The lessons in these fables have a common theme about how to achieve true happiness through showing love and kindness. Explain how you can use these lessons to achieve true happiness in your own life.  
Quiz Chapters 7-10