Blizzard of the Blue Moon

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Jack and Annie are off on another Merlin Mission. This time, Merlin has sent them to rescue a beautiful magical creature&...the unicorn. But when they land in New York City during the Depression of the 1930s, Jack and Annie are confused. Where will they find a unicorn in a big city?
Curriculet Details
19 Questions
20 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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A prologue is placed before the beginning of a story and adds background information about the characters. The rest of the story is organized in a plot, a series of events that make up the story. Think of the plot as a roller coaster and strapping yourself into the seat is the first part of the plot, the exposition. Find out what elements of the story are included in the exposition in the following video.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 1 - The Last Unicorn

Which sentence from the text shows that Jack is excited to see if the tree house has appeared? 
Each stanza (group of lines in a poem) contains a 
The setting of a book can determine how the characters behave in a story. Watch the following video to find out what you can learn from the setting.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2 - Who Are They?

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. In this book, some words are unique to culture of the time and will not be defined in the dictionary. You will have to rely on the words and sentences around the unfamiliar word to figure out the meaning. Try it right now to look up the words centuries and decades. How long is four centuries plus four decades? 
What details lead you to believe the girls are carrying ice skates? 
Look closely at the picture of the merry-go-round. List at least three details from the picture that match the description in the text.  
Writers use figurative language to make their descriptions clear and interesting. The merry-go-round with the human feeling of being lonely is an example of personification. Watch the following video and notice how each type of figurative language is different.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3 - Lost in Central Park

The author uses a simile in the selected sentence to compare the path to a  
Every story fits into a category, or genre. As you view this video about the genre fantasy, think about how this book fits the genre.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which detail from the text supports the fantasy genre? 
As a ride on a roller coaster begins, the tension builds as you are slowly taken up to the highest point. In a story, this part of the plot is called the rising action. This is usually the longest part of the story when actions occur to develop the story, minor conflicts may happen, and suspense is built. As you continue reading, notice events that move the story along and build suspense. 
Quiz Chapters 1-3 

Chapter 4 - Hard Times

Conflict is an important part of every story. Pay attention to the different types of conflict described in the following video. The next question will test your understanding.  (This annotation contains a video)
What type of conflict is the blizzard that all of the characters are facing? 
You may be familiar with the word "monster" as a noun meaning a scary creature. However, in this sentence, monster is an adjective meaning very large. Learn more about multiple meaning words in this video. (This annotation contains a video)
Use the Define function to look up the word anxious. Why do you think the author chose this specific word to describe Jack's feelings? 
Below is a picture of the subway routes in New York City. Each color line is a different subway train route and each black dot is a stop. Can you understand how this would be confusing to Jack and Annie? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 5 - The Cloisters

Which statement from the text is an opinion? 
Describe the details about what Jack and Annie see in New York from the story so far that make Annie describe it as "hard times." 
Here is a picture of one of the gardens at the Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum.  (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define function to look up the word evoke. The word evoke most nearly means 

Chapter 6 - The Hunt of the Unicorn

Here is the last tapestry in the "Hunt of the Unicorn" series. Look closely at the details in the tapestry because your next question will refer to the details.  (This annotation contains an image)
Look back at the tapestry in the previous annotation. What other details would you add to describe the tapestry that were not mentioned in the text? 
Adjectives are used to describe a character’s personality. As you read think about what a character does, says, and what other characters say about him or her to find the appropriate adjective. Learn more about character traits in the video below. What adjective would you use to describe Grinda?  (This annotation contains a video)
Which character trait best describes Annie as she yells at Balor and Grinda? 
Think back to the video we watched on figurative language. Is the highlighted phrase a simile or metaphor?  
Quiz Chapters 4-6 

Chapter 7 - Dianthus

Authors use imagery to appeal to the five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Good readers notice the imagery to picture in their mind the scene the author is describing. Can you see the unicorn clearly in your mind? 
The author's use of imagery in the selected text appeals to the sense of  
The top of the roller coaster is the point where you can’t go up any higher. In a plot, this is the climax. Jack and Annie save the unicorn. Now, the action starts to move in a different direction to begin to wrap up the story.  

Chapter 8 - Back to Life

A good reader can summarize main points in a story. How would you summarize the unicorn's effect on the setting? View the following video to learn which details are important in a summary.  (This annotation contains a video)
What effect does the changing weather NOT have on the city of New York? 
Which statement below would most likely be included in a summary of this chapter? 

Chapter 9 - It's Them!

After the roller coaster hits the highest point, it quickly goes downhill toward the end of the ride. In a plot, this is the falling action. The conflicts are resolving and any loose ends are tied up. Jack and Annie have gotten rid of Balor and Grinda for good.  
Use the Define function to look up the meaning of foiled. Which word is a synonym for foiled? 
The point of view in a book refers to who is telling the story. The three types of point of view are described in the poster below. Which point of view do you think this story is told? (This annotation contains an image)
Explain why Merlin puts conditions on using the magic wand? 

Chapter 10 - The Wand of Dianthus

Once the roller coaster ride is over, the cart pulls back into the station. In a plot, this is the resolution. The conflicts are completely solved, and the story ends. As you read this chapter, pay attention to how the author ends the story.  
Watch the following video about the Magic Tree House books. Pat attention to the differences between the book and the video. The next question will focus on these differences.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement describes a difference in how the information in the video is presented differently from the book? 
Quiz Chapters 7-10