Day of the Dragon King

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! Who would burn books? Jack and Annie find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient China. There, a powerful emperor called the Dragon King has ordered that all books be burned. Will Jack and Annie be able to save at least one book? Or will they be captured by the emperor's soldiers? Visit the Magic Tree House website! MagicTreeHouse.com
Curriculet Details
11 Questions
13 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the setting and point of view, as well as annotations explaining character traits and asking questions. Students will explore the themes of teamwork and adventure. 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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Dear Readers

Mary Pope Osborne is a popular children's writer. She is most famous for the Magic Tree House series. Each book has it own adventure, so if you have not read the others it is okay. To learn more about Mary, visit her website.  (This annotation contains a link)

Prologue

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Why does Mary Pope Osborne include this prologue? 

Chapter 1 - The Bamboo Book

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? 
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Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of imperial. Which word below is related to imperial? 

Chapter 2 - The Cowherd

The Dragon King looks similar to the drawing below. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Jack say, "This place is not as peaceful as it seems"? 

Chapter 3 - The Silk Weaver

The setting of a story is where and when it takes place. This video explains setting.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 4 - The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is one of the Great Wonders of the World. This website will give you some more facts about this magnificent structure.  (This annotation contains a link)
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What information do you learn from the website that you do not learn on this page of the book? 

Chapter 5 - The Scholar

When a person's mouth drops open it usually means they are in shock. 
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How does the illustration above help you better understand this section of the story? 

Chapter 6 - The Dragon King

The city is being described in vivid detail. This helps you to visualize the scene. This video explains visualizing.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which line below provides a good visualization? 
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 7 - The Burning of the Books

When determing the point of view of a story, you are thinking about from who's perspective the story is told. This video explains point of view.  (This annotation contains a video)
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From which point of view is this story told? 

Chapter 8 - The Tomb

The website below has many of the Magic Tree House books. See if you can figure out which book has the adventure with Jack and Annie in ancient Egypt. (Hint: It is a book that comes before this book.) (This annotation contains a link)
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Which book is Jack referring to when he says "The queen was buried with a boat and lots of things to take to the afterlife"? 
"Endlessly" contains two suffixes, -less and -ly. Understanding prefixes and suffixes helps you determine the meaning of new words. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 9 - The Silk Path

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Which word from this page contains a prefix? 
Jack is showing his cautious side, making sure they approach the unknown carefully. Being cautious is one of Jack's character traits. 
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Write a summary explaining how Jack and Annie escape the Dragon King. 

Chapter 10 - The Ancient Legend

Does this title sound familiar to you? 
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Why is Morgan mentioning Vikings? 

More Facts

While this story is fiction, Mary Pope Osborne wants you to learn some facts about China. Therefore she includes six interesting facts for you to read. 
Quiz for Section Three