Stage Fright on a Summer Night

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! The show must go on! That's what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There they meet William Shakespeare himself-one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare's having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare? Visit the Magic Tree House website!
Curriculet Details
10 Questions
13 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the setting and using text-based evidence, as well as annotations explaining visualizing and answering questions. Students will explore the themes of adventure and overcoming fears. 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 author of this novel, Mary Pope Osborne, is an American writer of children's books. She is best known for the award-winning and best-selling Magic Tree House series. Did you know the series has been translated into 30 languages? Learn more about Ms. Obsorne on her website.  (This annotation contains a link)


According to the prologue, what have Jack and Annie already done? 

Chapter 1 - Special Magic

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 research. What kind of book is a research book? 

Chapter 2 - London Bridge

"Left" is a multiple meaning word. Watch this video to learn how to decide which meaning to use when reading a multiple meaning word. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3 - The Bear Garden

Gateway is a multiple meaning word. Which definition explains how gateway is used on this page? 
What is the setting of the story in this chapter? The video below reviews setting. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 4 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

From the illustration you can see that the bear looks very gloomy. Do you think Annie will set him free? 
The original Globe Theater burnt down in 1613, but a replica is in London currently.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does the photograph above help you better understand the Globe Theater? 

Chapter 5 - Stage Fright

Jack and Annie do not know this law since they are not from this time period. Why do you think a law prohibiting girls from being onstage exists? 
What detail do you learn from the illustration that is not in the story? 

Chapter 6 - Onstage!

If you were asked to be in the play, would you feel calm like Annie or nervous like Jack? 
Why does Puck say, "Come, boys"? 
This novel is a fantasy. The video below explains the different elements in a fantasy story. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 7 - In the Forest, in the Night

Below is an audio recording of Annie's lines. Think about how Will tells Annie to read her lines, and how that differs from the audio version.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does Will's advice to Annie differ from how the lady reads the lines in the audio version? 

Chapter 8 - The Most Important Person

At times you are asked to prove your answer. You can do this using text-based evidence. The video below explains this strategy. (This annotation contains a video)
This chapter is titled The Most Important Person. Explain who the most important person is. Use text-based evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter 9 - Sweet Sorrow

The author writes "my" in italics to show Will emphasizes the word as he speaks. 
Why does the author include this illustration? 
These lines are included to help you visualize, or make a picture in your head, of the scene. 

Chapter 10 - Our Will?

Who is Will? Use text-based evidence to support your answer. 

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Quiz for Section Three