Dragon of the Red Dawn

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Merlin the Magician will not eat or sleep or speak to anyone in Camelot. What can be done? The enchantress Morgan knows who to ask for help: young Jack and Annie of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania! The brother-and-sister team quickly head off in the magic tree house on another magical and historical adventure. Their mission: discover one of the four secrets of happiness. Their journey: to a land of fierce samurai and great beauty, the capital city of Edo (now the city of Tokyo), in ancient Japan in the 1600s. Their tools: a research book to guide them and a magic wand with three special rules. In Dragon of the Red Dawn, Mary Pope Osborne transports readers back to the splendor, rich culture, and magic of traditional Japan. From the Hardcover edition.
Curriculet Details
14 Questions
18 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in the 4th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining characterization, visualization, and necessary background knowledge. It also contains videos that support comprehension such as videos about summary and plot exposition. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to character, theme, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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The Magic Tree House books are very popular! If you enjoy Dragon of the Red Dawn, you should read some of the other books in the series.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 1 - For Merlin's Sake

What does Teddy mean when he says that they "have come not at his bidding"? 
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. Is there a word on this page you need to look up?  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch this video on plot exposition. As you watch, think of everything you have already learned about Jack and Annie and their mission.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2 - The Imperial Garden

How does this illustration mostly reflect the text? 
Have you noticed the fabulous illustrations in Dragon of the Red Dawn? All of the Magic Tree House books are illustrated by Sal Murdocca. He grew up in New York and drawing was his hobby as a child! The photo is of the artist.  (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted text. The dark black text is in bold. How does the text in bold differ from the text not in bold? 

Chapter 3 - Basho

Small details in a story can provide the reader with important clues. What does it tell you about the man that his "eyes twinkled"? Paying attention to such details is very important for a reader.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Annie tell the man that they have come to "search for a secret of happiness"? 
The Great Fire of Meireki burned for three days in 1657. The fire destroyed 70% of the city of Edo and over 100,000 people died. The city of Edo was built mostly of wood, so once the fire started and was spread by hurricane force winds, there was no stopping it. The painting is one artist's version of the fire.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why are Jack and Annie concerned about seeing the samurai? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4 - Sushi and Sumo

Watch this video on summary. Later, you will be asked to write a summary of what you have read so far.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Jack suspect that Basho must be a "really famous teacher"? 
Every culture has its own customs, especially when it comes to food! It can be fun to try foods from other cultures. Over the last few years, sushi has caught on in America. Many people enjoy this traditional Japanese food.  (This annotation contains an image)
At the beginning of this chapter you watched a video on summary. Use the information that you learned in the video, and write a summary of what you have read in Dragon of the Red Dawn. 
When the chapter of a book ends on a very exciting note like this one, it is called a cliffhanger. It leaves you "hanging" and wanting to read more.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 5 - An Excellent Student?

Why does the author write that Jack "nearly had a heart attack"? 
Can you visualize Basho's home? Being able to get a mental picture of what the author is describing is an important reading skill. It can make reading even more enjoyable!  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6 - The Banana Tree

Basho really was a famous poet in Japan during the 1600s. Some authors enjoy writing about historical events and people. They imagine what it would have been like to have lived during such times or to have had conversations with people who lived long ago. Those stories can be very entertaining to read. The photo is of a statue of Basho in a park in Japan.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does Basho mean when he says that he has everything he needs to write his poetry? 
Do you notice that Jack is paying attention to the small details of nature around him? Do you think that Basho is changing the way Jack sees things?  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7 - Clang, Clang, Clang!

Long ago, fire was a very real threat and danger. People had a limited number of ways to fight fire as modern equipment and techniques were not yet available.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Annie want to use the wand? 

Chapter 8 - In the Red Dawn

You can tell much about a character by the way he or she reacts to challenges. The way that characters interact can also help you understand the qualities of a character. Think about Jack and Annie and how they react to challenges. What can you tell about these characters?  (This annotation contains an image)
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It is a volcano that last erupted in 1707. It is an important symbol in Japan and is often shown in Japanese artwork.  (This annotation contains an image)
Think about Jack and Annie. What can you tell about these two characters? Write a response in which you describe the traits of either Jack or Annie. Make sure you use evidence from the text in your answer. 

Chapter 9 - Flowers of Edo

What is meant by "Annie broke the silence"? 
After a fire occurs in a wilderness area, new growth returns. In many national and state parks, "controlled burns" are part of the upkeep of the natural areas. These burns result in new and healthy vegetation. The photo is of a sign warning about a prescribed or controlled burn area.  (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you have read, why do Jack and Annie and Basho bow to one another? 

Chapter 10 - Journey of a Thousand Miles

What do you believe has caused Annie's poetry to improve?  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is a theme of Dragon of the Red Dawn? 
Make sure that you read the pages that follow so that you can learn more about Basho.  (This annotation contains an image)

More About Basho, Edo, and Haiku

Quiz 3