The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Fiction;Short Stories
Curriculet Details
12 Questions
14 Annotations
1 Quiz

Designed for students in 8th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, inference and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about author's purpose and literary devices. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, story elements, and grammar. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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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 expression. Which definition correctly fits the context of the sentence? 
A phaeton is a carriage drawn by horses. Typically, only wealthy people could afford to own a phaeton.  (This annotation contains an image)
Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Imagery needs the aid of figures of speech like simile, metaphor, personification, and onomatopoeia in order to appeal to the bodily senses. Watch the video to learn more about imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
How do you know that Mr. Button is angry? Which words in the text indicate his anger? 
A septuagenarian is a person age 70 to 79 years of age. This image is from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) film starring Brad Pitt. This image shows how Benjamin Button looks when he is a young boy. Now do you understand why his father Roger is so upset? (This annotation contains an image)
What is unusual about Mr. Button's son's request for a cane? 


Why does Mr. Button hope the store clerk does not discover his secret? How might this secret affect his position in society? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of obdurate. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for obdurate? 
Methuselah is the oldest person recorded to have lived. It is believed that Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. Why does Mr. Button tell his son he will call him Methuselah? Is he being serious or sarcastic? 


Why does Benjamin fall asleep in the middle of his school tasks? 
What does Benjamin notice about his physical appearance? How is he changing as he gets older? 


How might Benjamin's college experience have been different if he had dyed his hair brown? 
How does Benjamin feel as he walks away from the college? How do you know? 


Similes draw a comparison between two distinct objects using "like" or "as." All of the jealousy and anxiety Benjamin felt dissolved like snow when it was his turn to dance with Hildegarde. Watch the video for a brief explanation of simile and metaphor.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Hildegarde think Benjamin and his father are brothers? 


How does Hildegarde's father try to discourage her from marrying Benjamin? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Do you think Hildegarde will still marry Benjamin regardless of all of the stories revolving around him? 


How will Hildegarde aging and Benjamin getting younger affect their relationship? Why will this be difficult for her to deal with? 
What does Hildegarde accuse Benjamin of when he says everyone thinks he is getting younger?  


Who is this "man" who enrolls himself into Harvard? Will getting into college be easier for Benjamin now that he looks younger? 
Based on the details in the text, Benjamin is continuing to grow ________________. 


Do you think the Army will still want Benjamin when they see he looks like a young boy? Why or why not? 
What is the most likely reason that Benjamin does not tell Roscoe he is leaving for South Carolina? 


After watching the movie trailer, list two differences you notice in the movie trailer and the book. 
Now that you are almost finished with the book, watch the movie trailer from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) movie starring Brad Pitt. Then, answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
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