Abe Lincoln At Last!

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Curriculet Details
17 Questions
20 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the summarizing and drawing conclusions, as well as annotations answering questions and understanding illustrations. Students will explore the themes of hope 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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Mary Pope Osborne is an American writer of children's books. She says, "Writing is a miracle. You can travel anywhere in the world, to any time and any place — and still be home in time to have dinner." 

1. The Third Thing

What is the setting in this section of the story? 
Comparing and contrasting are two reading skills that will add to your comprehension. This video reviews these skills. (This annotation contains a video)

2. Pirate Captain

Compare and contrast Jack and Annie from the book you heard above to this book. Include information from both books in your response. 
Listen to the first chapter of another Magic Tree House Book, "Dinosaurs Before Dark." (Click Play Sample to hear the chapter.)  (This annotation contains a link)
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 citizen. Which definition below best describes how citizen is used on this page? 
On every mission, Jack carries a book that gives him facts about the place or person they are meeting. 

3. Hide! Hide!

Which word below best describes Tad and Willie? 
The author is providing you specific details of the room to help you visualize, or make a picture in your head. 
How is the White House described in this novel different from the White House in present day? 

4. Willie!

How does Jack end up in Abe Lincoln's bedroom? A sequence of events leads him here. The video below explains sequence of events.  (This annotation contains a video)
Where has Annie been while Jack is in President Lincoln's bedroom? 
The illustration above shows President Lincoln meeting with the men. What other information do you learn from viewing the picture? 
Quiz for Section One 

5. Leave Now!

What event is happening in America during the time period Jack and Annie are visiting? 
Do you think this is a good time to use the magic potion?  (This annotation contains an image)

6. Trust the Magic

What effect does the potion have on Jack and Annie? 
This story is a fantasy. Watch this video to learn about the elements of a fantasy.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which elements of a fantasy does this novel have? 

7. Sam's Farm

One mile takes a person about twenty minutes to walk at a normal pace. How many hours would it take to walk thirty-five miles? 
Why is Sam not answering Jack and Annie? 
The words "This is not good" are put in italics, or slanted letters, because they are Jack's thoughts. He is not saying those words aloud. 
Why is December written in italics? 

8. Into the Rough

Sometimes you have to draw a conclusion about what a character thinks or feels. The video below explains this reading strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
What conclusion can you draw about how Jack and Annie will do when attempting the remaining chores? 
From the illustration you can see how dense the woods are. This makes walking with the jugs very difficult 
Quiz for Section Two 

9. Corn Bread and Molasses

The chores may have been difficult for Jack and Annie, but Sam does them quickly. He is used to doing them. 
Which line from the text supports the illustration? 
Corn bread is a type of food that has been around for many years. Have you ever tried it?  (This annotation contains an image)

10. Readin' and Writin'

In which subject is Sam doing his homework? 
At times you are asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. Watch this video to review summary writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of Chapter Ten, Readin' and Writin'. 

11. Abe Lincoln at Last!

Jack is speechless because he is finally meeting President Lincoln. 
Why does Lincoln think Jack and Annie are angels? 
Jack knows it is important to help Lincoln, and to promise that what he is saying is true. 
Why is this novel called Abe Lincoln at Last? 

12. The Feather of Hope

Theme is the underlying message in a story. This video explains theme.  (This annotation contains a video)

Author's Note

Quiz for Section Three