The Diamond of Darkhold

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Lina and Doon go back underground to the dying city of Ember as bestselling author Jeanne DuPrau juxtaposes yet another action-packed adventure with powerful themes about hope, learning, and the search for truth.
Curriculet Details
58 Questions
64 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the connections and summarizing, as well as annotations about asking questions and character traits. Students will explore the themes of courage and survival. 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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The Vault

Jeanne DuPrau, the author of this novel, lives in California. You are reading the fourth book in her Book of Ember series. You do not need to have read the first three books to understand this story. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the author include the chapter The Vault? 

Chapter 1

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 thrashing. If the trees are thrashing, they are ___ in the wind. 
The Emberites are the people who lived in the underground city. Sparks is the town to which they wandered. Mary is a Sparks resident, but she thinks the Emberites should be able to live together with the people of Sparks. 
Why does a thunderstom alarm the characters? 
Lina is missing the comfortable monotony of Ember. 
How are Sparks and Ember similar? 

Chapter 2

Good readers use different strategies as they read. This song reviews some of those strategies.  (This annotation contains a video)
After reading the highlighted paragraph you have a good picture in your head of what the roamer looks like. The reading strategy you used is  
A bag of corn does not seem like much, but the people of Sparks do not have any corn or beans they can trade. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the result of the roamers' visit? 
Who do you think gets a better deal?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Lina questioning the woman about the horse? 

Chapter 3

Do you know who the book is from? Think back to "The Vault" chapter at the beginning of this novel. 
Why does the author leave a large space on this page? 
Lina feels conflicted about her feelings towards Ember. Do you think she will go back with Doon? 
Read the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. Think about how it connects to Doon and Lina.  (This annotation contains a link)
How does Robert Frost's poem relate to Doon and Lina's current situation?  
The plan seems complicated. Do you think it will work? 

Chapter 4

Which word from the page tells you Lina's feelings about the adventure? 
"Happily ever after" is a common ending in fairy tales. The citizens of Ember, though, have not heard of fairy tales until this book that Edward finds. 
Which words from the text help you determine the meaning of capable? 

Chapter 5

All stories are written using a certain point of view. Watch this video and see if you can determine the point of view from which this story is written.  (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story told? 
Having the first forty-six pages missing from a book makes any book difficult. Doon is trying to make sense of a technical book, which is even more difficult. 
Why does Lina state "Then there might be dead people"? 
The opening is not easy to see at first, but it is large.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6

Why do you think there is a "light in the city"? 
This is what the generator may look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the difference between a jewel and a joule? 
The author is very detailed about Lina's placement of the candle. The details must be important for an event in the future. 
How does Lina's candle in her back pocket help in continuing the events of the story? 

Chapter 7

The title "Calamity" means a disaster. What disaster may occur for the characters? 
What does this ditch tell you about the planners of the city? 
Lina is very nervous, but her desire to see the city outweighs her nerves. 
What are the "Unknown Regions"? 
If you hold a candle and run the air will put out the flame. Has that ever happened to you? 
What is a difference between Doon and the two men? 

Chapter 8

In the previous chapter you read about the capture from Lina's point of view. Now you are finding out how it happened through Doon's point of view. 
What do you learn about Doon's screaming? 
Have you ever read a story or watched a movie about a character being kidnapped? If so, you can make a connection to this novel. This video explains different types of connections.  (This annotation contains a video)
If you have felt conflicted over a choice you had to make, what kind of connection are you making with Doon? 
Lina is summarizing the events that have happened since Doon was kidnapped. 

Chapter 9

Which word is a synonym for bandit? 
Yorick keeps getting hollered at for giving misinformation or too much information. Maybe Doon can you this to his advantage. 
Do you think Doon does not know what an earthquake is or do you think he is acting like he does not know anything? Use details from the text to support your answer. 
Doon is impressed that Trogg made the long leap. Trogg is showing great athletic ability and fearlessness. 
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 10

Trogg does not know that Doon used to live here. Doon's knowledge of the town may be useful, eventually. 
Why are the Troggs going through the store? 
Doon is impressed by Min's design. 
Which statement below best compares Doon's intelligence to Trogg's? 
If there is a page of dialogue, like this page, you may get confused on who is speaking. If you have a hard time following the conversation, reread the section before moving on. 
Why is Doon determined to get away instead of waiting and building up Trogg's trust? 

Chapter 11

Characters' actions and reactions tell you about their personality. Words to describe a character's personality are called character traits. This video explains how to determine character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which word below best describes Lina? 
Who do you think the shepherd is speaking of when she says "up to his mischief"? 
Why is Lina willing to draw for Maggs? 
Sleeping outside in the rain is not a pleasant thought. Lina may take her up on the offer. 
What is Lina's plan? 

Chapter 12

Doon is realizing why Trogg is unintelligent in certain matters. Reading has made Doon smarter, but Trogg does not have that benefit. 
Why does Doon get the bag, but shove it under the couch? 
Do you know where the lamb and other items came from? Read on to see if you are correct. 
What character trait would describe Doon? Use evidence from the text to support your response. 

Chapter 13

Doon is tired of standing by and not saying anything. He is starting to lose his patience. 
Here is the jewel they are looking at.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which line from the text supports the above illustration of the jewel? 
From Trogg's reaction, you can infer he thinks he is a god! 
Why is Doon having difficulty falling asleep? 

Chapter 14

The word "disagreeable" contains the prefix dis- and the suffix -able. This video explains prefixes and suffixes and how to use their meanings to determine a word's definition.  (This annotation contains a video)
Impossible contains the prefix im- which makes the word mean 
The town is Sparks is still trying to accomodate the residents of Ember who decided to join their town. 
What do you learn about the story Doon and Lina told their caregivers? 
Who do you think is behind Kenny? Is he in danger? 

Chapter 15

Lizzie is listening with avid interest because she is  
Kenny and Torren are originally from Sparks. Lina, Doon, and Lizzie are from Ember. 
Do you think Lizzie, Torren, and Kenny should go after Lina and Doon? Explain your reasoning with evidence from the text. 

Chapter 16

Remember, the city planners put the door right where the citizens would see it as they exited the underground city. They did not anticipate the trees and brush to grow and cover it.  (This annotation contains an image)
How are Mags and Lina similar? 
Have you figured out what the "green star" is yet? 
Why does Lina chose to stay in the wagon? 
The author sums up the three groups of characters in the last three paragraphs. Each character is having difficulty sleeping since they are worried about what tomorrow will bring. 

Chapter 17

How does Doon know Minny has the key? 
"Bang" is a type of figurative language called onomatopoeia. This video reviews different types of figurative language.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 18

Chose a line from the first paragraph. Rewrite it with a simile that will help a reader make a strong visualization as they read. 
The light came on at just the right time for Doon. 
How does Doon know the candle will burn for an hour? 
Do you know Doon's plan? 
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 19

Would you be willing to walk by yourself with wolves around?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the trio want an adventure so badly? 
Torren is very determined to be a roamer some day. He is using this adventure to practice. 

Chapter 20

What are the negative effects Doon's hollering from a mountain side could produce? 
You may be asked to write a summary of a chapter or book. Watch this video to review summary writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of Chapter Twenty, The Battle at the Rock.  

Chapter 21

Lina does not want to go near the cave entrance because it does not have a door.  
Which of Doon's problems is he most concerned about? 
Lizzie's fairy tale idea of rescuing Doon is not turning out the way she had hoped. 
Which word is an antonym for mangy? 
The shephard does not think the kids can rescue Lina and Doon themselves. Do you know why? 

Chapter 22

Why is Mrs. Murdo confused? 
Do you think there is a connection between the boats and the diamond? 
Which event allows Lina and Doon to find the switch? 

Chapter 23

Ox and wagon is a very old way to travel, but it is quicker than walking. (This annotation contains an image)
Read this story titled Ida B. (You do not have to answer the questions on the website.) Think about how it connects to the events in this novel.  (This annotation contains a link)
How does the story of Ida B compare to the events in this novel? Include evidence from both texts in your response. 

Chapter 24

All stories are written in a certain format called genre. The song below reviews different literary genres. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the genre of this novel? 
It takes the larger group two days to reach the entrance due to the wagons and different ability people walking.  

Chapter 25

"Pip-pip" is an example of  
Lina and Doon may be thirteen year old kids, but they are leading the expedition to the underground city. All of the people are gathered and listening. 
How does Doon know for certain that the Troggs have left? 
When the people lived in Ember, they had no idea to what extent people were stealing. This is surprising to them. 
What is the most important thing the Emberites get from this visit? 

Chapter 26

Theme is the underlying message in a story. This video explains how to determine the theme of a novel.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is a theme for this novel? 
Did you expect Doon to give Trogg a diamond?  
What word describes Trogg on this page? 

Chapter 27

There are definite pros and cons to keeping the Trogg family. It appears the town leaders decide the pros outweigh the cons. 
Doon is continuing to tinker with the blue diamonds. This tells you he is  
Doon is using his knowledge to help the countryside, not just his town. 
How does Lina end up with a job as a messenger? 
Do you think Torren will ever be a roamer? 
Quiz for Section Three