R My Name Is Rachel

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Curriculet Details
44 Questions
44 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring setting and inferencing, as well as annotations describing The Great Depression and life in the early 1930s. Students will explore the themes of family and hardship. 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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Homework #8

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? 
View this short video of photographs from the Great Depression Era of the 1930s. Think about how quickly life can change in a short time with the loss of a job.  (This annotation contains a video)
A milkman came to the door to deliver milk each morning like in this photograph. This is very different from getting your milk at your grocery store.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Rachel try to cheer up Pop? 

Homework #9

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Why does Rachel feel the need to talk to Miss Mitzi before anyone else? 
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What is Rachel's devastating news? 
Rich people drove cars like the Model A Ford in this photograph. Think about how different someone driving this car would feel compared to the people you saw in the previous video.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #10

The setting is key to understanding this story. Watch this video about the importance of setting and think about the role of the setting as you continue to read.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What reason does Pop give for not taking Miss Mitzi? 
The family truck may have look like the one in this photograph. Think how you would feel to pack all of your belongings in a vehicle and move not knowing where you were going.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #11

Rachel may see something like this in the night sky. Pluto is the brighter speck and was discovered in 1930. (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Miss Mitzi describe Rachel and Cassie? 
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Why is the old bottle of perfume important to Rachel? 

Homework #12

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Why does Miss Mitzi give Rachel a fern in the locket? 
Charlie's shop may look like the one in this photograph. Now most meat is bought at a grocery store.  (This annotation contains an image)
Shipwreck Kelly is a well-known stuntman of this era. He would stay on top of a pole for days or even weeks.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #13

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How is this farm similar to and different from the farm that Rachel imagined she would find? 
An outhouse is a restroom in the yard of a house does not have running water or plumbing. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Rachel tell Miss Mitzi her heart is broken? 

Homework #14

A second staircase to the kitchen is common in old farmhouses.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Cassie angry with Rachel? 
The blizzard of 1888 is named the "Children's Blizzard" because many were on their way home from school. More than 400 people died in the storm.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #15

Little House in the Big Woods is a book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder about living in the Midwest during pioneer days.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Rachel happy in the barn? 
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Why is the boy laughing at Rachel? 

Homework #16

Watch this short video about inferencing. Why is Pop dressed in a suit?  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why is Pop back so soon? 
Mattress beaters are used to clean by getting rid of dust and smoothing lumps.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #18

Joey understands that these eggs are more important than ever!  (This annotation contains an image)
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What season is coming? 
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Why do you think Pop responds with "Oh, Rachel" when she talks about Miss Mitzi? 
Chapters 1-10 

Homework #19

Listen to President Roosevelt's 1933 inaugural adress. How was he planning to get the country going?  (This annotation contains a video)
Rachel thinks that one pot would be better but Cassie explains that two are needed for balance.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What terrible surprise does Rachel find in the kitchen? 

Homework #20

Listen to the song that Rachel now has Joey singing.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Compare the song "Happy Days are Here Again" to the feelings of Rachel and her family. Explain using details from the story. 
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Why does Pop need to leave the children? 

Homework #21

A doily can be in any shape, color or design to decorate a table. Pop used the doily to hide the letter he was writing to Miss Mitzi. (This annotation contains an image)
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Joey's idea is to 
The brightest star in this photograph is the North Star. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #22

The schoolhouse may look something like this image. (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Rachel borrow from the school? 
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What do you think that Rachel is referring to with the PS in the letter to Miss Mitzi? 

Homework #23

Watch this short video about character traits and think about why Rachel keeps coming back to the books from the school.  (This annotation contains a video)
Listen to the song, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Cassie plan to do with some money? 

Homework #24

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How does Rachel feel when she reads this letter? 
Watch this short video on sequence of events. Think about how the boy seems to continue to show up in the story. (This annotation contains a video)
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How do you think Rachel is going to handle her feeling of regret? 

Homework #25

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Based upon the video of quotes, what other quote do you think Rachel would like? If she could talk to Anne about her troubles, what would she say? 
Watch this short video of quotes from the book Anne of Green Gables.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Cassie suggest going fishing? 
Cassie is telling Pop about earth that is very good for growing.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #26

Rachel wears a red gingham dress like the dress in this photograph.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is Xenia eating? 

Homework #27

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What does Rachel do with Xenia? 
The room may look like this one.  (This annotation contains an image)
Can you imagine looking down a road like this not knowing where your sister went?  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #28

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Why is Joey worried that Cassie went "the other way"? 
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Why does Rachel think about Cassie being afraid of the dark? 
Can you imagine how Rachel and Joey feel being unable to find Cassie after walking all the way to the lake. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 11-20 

Homework #29

As the kids follow the stream, they end up seeing the buildings from town in the distance.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Cassie not have the rent money? 
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Why is Cassie pleased as Rachel grows more upset? 

Homework #30

Watch this short video on character traits and think about what traits Joey is showing.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Who is Woodrow? 
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Thinking back to the video on character traits, what trait is Rachel showing? 

Homework #31

It is easy to understand why Rachel would worry about Joey on the roof of the house.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch this short video to understand interest.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How much extra time does Mr. Grimm give Rachel to pay the rent? 

Homework #32

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What is Rachel's great idea? 
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Why does Rachel duck her head when she says she's grateful? 
Knowing the cabinet is getting very bare, the seeds must be a welcome sight!  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #33

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Who is the artist of the drawings in Rachel's home? 
Rachel must be so happy to have a bite to eat and some to give to her brother and sister. (This annotation contains an image)
Look at this photograph of building a road across a mountain. It is hard to imagine that the roads were once built by hand. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #34

Rachel's feelings are mixed as she looks at the limited food but thinks about her garden.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is in the garden? 
Cats love catnip!  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #35

Many florists use ferns such as these as fillers in bouquets of flowers.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Rachel need boxes and waxed paper? 

Homework #36

Here is a photograph of goat hoofprints in mud. Can you imagine seeing them in gold in the house?  (This annotation contains an image)
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What do you think Rachel is thinking and feeling knowing Cassie has asked for help? 
This is the type of train that pulled into the station. As it goes by, it is very difficult to hear anything but the train. (This annotation contains a video)
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Who gets off the train? 

Homework #38

Sometimes you can just look in someone's eyes and see they are sad.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Rachel plan to show Miss Mitzi how her Pop feels? 

Homework #39

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Why is Pop is trouble? 
Quiz 21-30