Carnival at Candlelight

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MERLIN HAS ASKED Jack and Annie to help on another Merlin Mission. This time they head back into history to Venice, Italy. With the help of a research book, a book of magic rhymes, and a set of mysterious instructions from Merlin, the heroes will save the beautiful city from a flood! Here&'s another Magic Tree House book that will engage kids with history, magic, and nonstop action from beginning to end.
Curriculet Details
24 Questions
29 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in third grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, noting details and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about imagery and genre. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of characterization, theme, and grammar. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1 - A Book of Magic

Story Introduction: "Carnival at Candlelight" is about a boy, Jack, and a girl, Annie, who are friends with two sorcerers, Teddy and Kathleen. In this mission Jack and Annie travel to Venice, Italy where they must save the Grand Lady of the Lagoon in order to prove themselves to Merlin so they can get their own magic powers. 
Based on the details in the text, what do you suppose Jack and Annie will do next? 
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 read the definition of cloak. Write a sentence using the word "cloak" below. 
What detail from the story makes this a fantasy? 
Fantasy fiction is a type of genre in which events occur outside of what we know to be real. Magic is central to the fantasy genre. Fantasy stories often involve journeys and quests. Watch the video to learn more about fantasy fiction.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2 - Carnival

Look at this image from Venice, Italy. The gondolier is using an oar to propel the gondola through the water. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on Merlin's letter, which item do Jack and Annie need for Merlin's mission? 
Do you suppose the passenger in the boat is the Grand Lady of the Lagoon? Why or why not? 
Which detail from the text relates to the picture? 
The carnival in Venice was first recorded in 1268. Masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Jack worried? 

Chapter 3 - The Grand Lady of the Lagoon

Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Dialogue is enclosed in quotation marks to indicate when a character is speaking. 
Why does Annie think Tiepolo will be easy to find? 
This image shows the top of the watchtower. Two statues ring the bell and the weather vane indicates which direction the wind is blowing.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which word BEST describes the way Annie is acting as they try to complete the mission? 
Why are Jack and Annie able to get into the palace? How were they helped by the two clowns on stilts? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4 - Rats!

The setting of the story is important to the types of events and objects in a story. Learn more about setting in the following video. What things in the setting of Venice are different from Jack and Annie's home?  (This annotation contains a video)
Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Check out the poster below to learn more about imagery.  (This annotation contains an image)
The dancing flames cast shadows on a marble floor and a carved gold ceiling.Which of the following senses does the author's use of imagery appeal to in this sentence? 
Do you think Jack and Annie need to use magic now? Why or why not? 
Why do Jack and Annie need to make metal soft? Choose the BEST answer. 
Do you think the guards will catch Jack and Annie? If so, what might happen to them? 
Which sentence from the highlighted text most closely relates to the picture? 

Chapter 5 - Lorenzo

Why does Jack think he and Annie should not have skipped ahead? Why is it important to follow directions in the right order? 
What does Jack mean by "stay in the shadows"? 
"Venice is timeless!"Which of the following is the BEST definition of timeless? 
Do you think Jack and Annie will be able to complete Merlin's mission if they do not follow ALL of the steps he has given them? Why or why not? 
How might Lorenzo Tiepolo be able to help Jack and Annie? 
Similes compare two objects using "like" or "as." Here, the waves around Neptune are compared to the roar of wild bulls. As you continue to read, pay attention to comparisons such as this. Look at the examples on the poster below. (This annotation contains an image)
Why are Jack and Annie excited now? 
What do you suppose the terrible disaster might be that Jack and Annie must save Venice from? Could it have something to do with the water? 

Chapter 6 - Disaster

Why does Jack think that going back to the waterfront is the best way to find the two guys? 
How does Jack know that water is flowing in from the sea? 
Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the natural sound of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing being described, making the description more expressive and interesting. Look at the posters below for more examples of onomatopoeia. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Annie yell at Jack? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7 - The King and the Ruler

Do you agree with Jack that 'Make a Stone Come Alive' is the best magic spell to use? Why or why not? 
Why is patience important in Jack and Annie's mission? 
Why does Annie tell Jack to take the book of rhymes? 
Which word in the highlighted text reveals that the lion is frightened? 
Why is the lion looking for Neptune? 
How will using their imaginations help Jack and Annie in this situation? 
What causes the storm on the sea to stop? 
Why is Neptune sinking back into the sea? 

Chapter 8 - Home by Day

Why does the lion turn back into stone? 
Based on the details in the text, how long were Jack and Annie gone with the lion? 
"It showed a pink light shimmering on blue water."Which word could accurately replace shimmering without changing the context of the sentence? 
Do you think Lorenzo will believe Annie that they saw Neptune? Why or why not?  

Chapter 9 - The Painting

Do you think Jack will recognize who the gondolier is?  
Why does Jack gasp when he sees the gondolier's hand? 
Why do Jack and Annie decide to take the book of rhymes with them and leave Morgan's research book in the tree house? 
Do you think Jack and Annie will be able to paint all of these things on the painting? Why or why not? 
After completing Quiz 3, continue reading on the next several pages to learn more about Venice, Italy. 
Quiz 3