Pirates: A Nonfiction Companion to Pirates Past Noon

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Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #4: Pirates Past Noon, they had lots of questions. Did pirates really make people walk the plank? What was life like on a pirate ship? Is there any buried treasure around today? Argh! How do you talk like a pirate? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.
Curriculet Details
11 Questions
15 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in third grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining author’s purpose and asking questions. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about drawing conclusions and multiple meaning words. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subject of pirates. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Homework #2

Mary Pope Osborne is best known for the Magic Tree House series. She is frequently asked where she gets her ideas for Jack and Annie's adventures. She gets them from talking to schools and groups of kids! To learn more about Mrs. Osborne and her books you can visit her website.  (This annotation contains a link)

1. The First Pirates

The author would probably agree that 
When reading nonfiction, it is important to build your prior knowledge on the topic. This video will explain how to do this and why it is important.  (This annotation contains a video)
What prior knowledge do you have about pirates? Include at least three facts. 
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? 

2. New World Pirates

Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of voyage. Which word below is a synonym for voyage? 
"Buccaneers" is a subtitle. This is a non-fiction feature that is located within a chapter. It tells you the main idea of the section you are reading. 
Which strategy does Mary Pope Osborne use to explain to you how to become a buccaneer? 

3. The Golden Age of Pirates

Why is the author writing this story? What is the author's purpose? Watch this video and see if you can figure it out.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is the author's purpose for writing this novel? 
Here is a painting of Black Bart. (This annotation contains an image)
There are many stories about Blackbeard. Read the information on the website below. There is also a video you can watch.  (This annotation contains a link)
What additional information did you learn about Blackbeard by reading the biography on the website? 

4. Pirate Ships

This section on sailing ships is using the compare and contrast text structure. On this page the author is saying how the sailing ships are alike. On the next few pages she will tell you about the differences between the ships. 
Quiz for Section One 

5. A Pirate's Life

You can draw conclusions when reading fiction or nonfiction stories. The video below explains this reading strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
What conclusion can you draw about a person who "walked the plank"? 

6. Pirate Treasure

Do you think a pirate's life is worth the treasure they may find?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do very few ships carry chests filled with gold and silver? 
Do you think it is strange that men who break the law like pirates have strict laws on their ship? 
Quiz for Section Two 

7. Pirate Attack!

"Fired" is a multiple meaning word. This video explains multiple meaning words.  (This annotation contains a video)
Dead is a multiple meaning word. Which sentence below uses dead in the same way it is used on this page? 
Here is a picture of pirate flags.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do different pirate captains have different flags? 

8. Piracy After the Golden Age

Why did the Golden Age of pirates end? There are several causes. This video explains cause and effect.  (This annotation contains a video)
What effect do the new books and movies about pirates have on people? 
Mary Pope Osborne gives you other authors' books to read. She does this because she knows she can not put all of the information in this book and she wants to keep you interested in pirates. 
Quiz for Section Three