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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time yet-and the one that will make the most difference to their own lives! Visit the Magic Tree House website!
Curriculet Details
10 Questions
14 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the making inferences and character traits, as well as annotations explaining text elements and answering questions. Students will explore the themes of adventure and the Civil War. 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

The American author of this novel, Mary Pope Osborne, has written biographies, mysteries, and retellings of mythology stories. Her favorite books have been the Magic Tree House series. You are preparing to read book #21. She has written over 40 books in the series.  (This annotation contains an image)


What information do you learn in this prologue? 

Chapter 1 - A Light in the Woods

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? 
Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of peaceful. Which definition below best matches how peaceful is used on this page? 

Chapter 2 - Cruel War

Comparing and contrasting are important reading strategies that help your comprehension. Watch this video to review the strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
How has Jack's opinion of war changed in this chapter? 
Listen to this audio reading of Chapter Two (Click Play Sample). Think about how the audio version is similar and different to you reading the chapter yourself.  (This annotation contains a link)
How is listening to a story different from reading it yourself? Compare the audio text to the chapter you read.  

Chapter 3 - Field Hospital

Here is a picture of what nurses looked like during the time of the Civil War.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 4 - Freedom Fighters

Synonyms are words that have the same, or almost the same, meaning. The song below reviews synonyms.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which word below is a synonym for brave? 
You will meet Clara Barton in the next chapter. Below is a photograph of her.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 5 - Angel of the Battlefield

Why is Clara Barton the "Angel of the Battlefield"? 

Chapter 6 - Keep Low!

Character traits are words that describe a person's personality. Watch this video to learn more about character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 7 - Helping Hands

Clara is explaining that war is not always the good side versus the bad side.  
How does the illustration help you better understand this section of the story? 

Chapter 8 - Brothers

An author does not always tell you things directly. Sometimes you have to make inferences. This video explains this reading strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
Jack says he has to put aside his own feelings. What can you infer about how he is really feeling? 

Chapter 9 - Don't Give Up

The title for this chapter is "Don't Give Up." What do you think this chapter will be about? 
Listen to the song "Tenting Tonight." (This annotation contains a video)
How does the song add to your understanding of the Civil War? 

Chapter 10 - Home, Sweet Home

The author writes "live" in italics because Annie puts more emphasis on the word when she says it. 
What do Jack and Annie learn about John? 

Homework #22

Songs help the soldiers get through tough times during the war. The link given to you on this page gives you more songs from the Civil War. You can visit the link below.  (This annotation contains a link)

Homework #23

Quiz for Section Three