Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve

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The intrepid Jack and Annie are summoned once again to the fantasy realm of Camelot. There, Merlin the Magician tells them that the Stone of Destiny has been stolen. The answer to its disappearance lies within a haunted castle. With a young magician named Teddy, Jack and Annie take on the challenge in an adventure that takes them to new heights and places they couldn't even imagine! a Stepping Stone Book
Curriculet Details
18 Questions
19 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring character traits and literal versus non-literal language, as well as annotations describing text to self connections, point of and vocabulary development. Students will explore the themes of magic and kindness. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1: All Hallows Eve

Haunted Castle on All Hallows Eve is the 30th book in The Magic Tree House series. Author Mary Pope Osborne is an American author of children's books. Her bestselling Magic Tree House series has been translated into more than 30 languages and has sold more than 100 million copies. In Haunted Castle on All Hallows Eve, Merlin sends Jack and Annie on a mission to restore order in the Duke's castle. How many other Magic Tree House books have you read?  
How do Jack and Annie feel when they discover that Morgan le Fay is not inside the magic tree house as usual?  
Do you like to celebrate Halloween? All Hallows Eve is another name for Halloween, which is celebrated in a number of countries on October 31.  

Chapter 2: The Heart of the Oak

What is the "heart" of the oak?   
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? 
How do Jack and Annie meet Teddy?  

Chapter 3: Rok

Have you noticed that Annie is kind and she cares about the safety of the ravens? As you read, think about the character traits, personalities and feelings of the characters. The following video will explain how to identify character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
What special magical skill does Annie have?  
As you read, pay close attention to the illustrations in the story. What mood is created by each illustration? What do the illustrations reveal about the characters and the setting? For example, the woman in the doorway is described as being old in the text. How can you tell that she is old in the illustration?  

Chapter 4: The Castle

Describe the setting and mood of the scene. Include details from the illustrations in your description.   
Jack is trying to figure out the meaning of the old woman's rhyme. What do you think it means? Do you have any predictions?  
What strategy have Jack, Annie and Teddy planned to complete their mission?  
Read the definitions for the words "breastplates" and "gauntlets." The image below shows what these pieces of armor look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 1 
As the children are tidying up the castle, they see _________.  

Chapter 5: Ghosts!

As you read, think about the meaning of the words and phrases in the text, including literal and non-literal (or figurative) meanings. The highlighted phrase, "make haste," which means to move quickly, is an example of figurative language. The following video will show you how to distinguish between literal and non-literal language.  (This annotation contains a video)
Explain the meaning of Old Maggie's rhyme.  

Chapter 6: Merlin's Diamond

As you read, notice how each chapter builds on the previous one, and the chapter titles give the reader a clue about events that will take place in the chapter. For example, in Chapter Six you will learn about the importance of Merlin's diamond and how the diamond is the key to restoring order in the castle.  
Why is Merlin's diamond called the "Diamond of Destiny"?  

Chapter 7: One, Two, Three!

Pay attention to the highlighted passage because it explains who the Raven King is. Think about the role that he plays in the mission that Jack, Annie and Teddy are trying to complete.  
The enchanted hazel twig gives Teddy the power to ________.  
Every story has a point of view, the perspective from which a story is told. The point of view shapes what the reader thinks about the characters. For example, Jack thinks Teddy is crazy and Annie does not. In the highlighted passage, Annie agrees with Teddy's plan to use magic to turn himself into a raven. Jack, however, is hesitant and wants to discuss the plan. What is your point of view? Do you think Teddy is crazy?  

Chapter 8: SPREE! SPREE!

How do Jack and Annie feel as they fly around as ravens? 
As you read and answer questions about the text, you will be asked to include evidence from the text in your answers. Watch the following video to learn about text based evidence.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 2 

Chapter 9: A Piece of a Star

Describe once of Jack's character traits and include evidence from the text to support your description.  
Do you think it would be fun to fly like a raven? Watch the following video to see what ravens do when they fly.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 10: Where Is It?

Why is Annie unable to put the diamond back in it's place?  
Pay attention to the descriptive language in the highlighted passage. Can you find an example of literal language and non-literal language in the passage?  

Chapter 11: Or Else!

Which of the following describes how the Raven King becomes half human and half raven?  
Have you determined a theme or a central message in the story? For example, think about how magic is evident throughout the story. The following video will explain how to determine a theme in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Jack turn the Raven King into a baby bird?  

Chapter 12: A New Day

In the highlighted passage, Jack reveals that he is feeling brave. Can you recall a time when you felt brave? What made you feel this way?  
Why does Jack think Teddy should give the magic hazel twig back to his cousin?  
Read the definitions for the words, "blacksmith" and "anvil." The image below shows a blacksmith working with an anvil.  (This annotation contains an image)
Study the illustration and describe what the details reveal about the setting and the characters.  

Chapter 13: Jack and Annie's Magic

Think about the highlighted passage. How have Jack and Annie's kindness and bravery saved the day? Can you recall other examples of kindness and bravery throughout the story? The central message that kindness and bravery are powerful "magic" is revealed in this passage.  
Describe an act of kindness shown by one of the characters in the story.  
Think about Jack and Annie's thoughts and actions at the end of the story. Why does Jack feel that nothing is spooky on Halloween night? Why do they decide to stay home and hand out candy instead of going trick or treating?  

A Note from the Author

Quiz 3