Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens

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Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time, they had lots of questions. Why did Charles Dickens write A Christmas Carol? How did he help the poor? What jobs did poor Victorian kids have? How did rich kids spend their time? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
11 Questions
12 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fourth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining asking questions and text features. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about context clues and cause and effect. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subject of the Victorian period and Charles Dickens. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Homework #2

Mary Pope Osborne is an award winning American author. She is best known for her "Magic Tree House" series. This book you are reading in a nonfiction companion to the fictional "A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time."  (This annotation contains an image)

1. Hard Times for Kids

This book starts in England in the 1800s. How are the people feeling? 
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? 
The photograph shows American factory workers who are children, yet this book is about England. What conclusion can you draw based on the photo and the caption? 
Here is a map showing the land controlled by Queen Victoria. It is marked in red. (This annotation contains an image)

2. What Charles Dickens Saw

Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of tattered. Which word below is a synonym for tattered? 
Some events that happen in a story are related to each other by cause and effect. Watch this video to learn more.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is the effect of Charles' hard work? 
Quiz for Section One 

3. The London of Dickens

If you visit London, you cannot miss Big Ben.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does the illustration help you understand this section of the novel? 
Compare and contrast the views and actions of Charles Dickens and Thomas Beames in regards to rookeries. Use information from this text and the article above in your response. 
This website talks more about rookeries. It discusses a book written by a clergyman, Thomas Beames. As you read the article, think about how the actions of Beames and Dickens are similar and different in regards to rookeries .  (This annotation contains a link)
Using context clues helps you determine the meaning of a word. This video reviews how to use this reading skill.  (This annotation contains a video)

4. Jobs for Poor Kids

Based on the context clues, which statement about phossy jaw is true? 
Do you think you could work in a coal mine? 
Why is a law passed that fines anyone who hires a young chimney sweep? 
Quiz for Section Two 

5. Rich Kids

This photograph shows an English nanny caring for the youngsters.  (This annotation contains an image)
The article on the website below talks about the American educational system during the early 1900s. Think about how it compares to education in England.  (This annotation contains a link)
Compare the educational system in England with the educational system in America during the early 1900s. Include evidence from both texts in your response. 
How does the illustration show modesty? 
Have you read "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"?  (This annotation contains an image)

6. How Things Changed

Why is the author talking about children today? 

Doing More Research

Mary Pope Osborne includes this section so you can learn how to do your own research on Charles Dickens. Pay attention to the tips she gives you. 
Quiz for Section Three