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Trust your dreams. Both my parents said that. That's our old way, our Mohawk way. The way of our ancestors. Trust the little voice that speaks to you. That is your speaking. But when those feelings, those dreams, those voices are so confusing, what do you do then?
"Help," I whisper. "Help."
I'm not sure who I'm talking to when I
say that, but I hope they're listening.

Ever since Molly woke up one morning and discovered that her parents vanished, she has had to depend on herself to survive
-- and find the reason for their disappearance.

Social Services has turned her over to the care of a great-uncle, a mysterious man Molly has never met before. Then Molly starts having dreams about the Skeleton Man from a spooky old Mohawk tale her father used to tell her...dreams that are trying to tell her something...dreams that might save her, if only she can understand them.

Curriculet Details
22 Questions
21 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining the Mohawk, Molly Brandt, and Yul Brynner. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about tone and archetypes. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of diction, structure, and character development. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

What makes this paragraph melodramatic? 
Yul Brynner was a Russian-born United States-based Eurasian actor of stage and film. He was best known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which he won two Tony Awards and an Academy Award for the film version. He played the role 4,625 times on stage. Brynner was noted for his distinctive voice and for his shaved head, which he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it in 1951 for his role in The King and I. (This annotation contains a video)
The story Molly is about to tell is a motif that shows up often in the book, Here is a short video about motif. (This annotation contains a video)
How do we know this story is an important part of the book? 
So far in the narrator's story there has been mostly literal language. Here is a short video that explains both literal and figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Molly so upset she needs to calm herself down? 
An American Indian reservation is an area of land managed by a Native American tribe under the United States Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs. There are about 310 Indian reservations in the United States. Not all of the country's 550-plus recognized tribes have a reservation. Some tribes have more than one reservation and some share reservations as well.  (This annotation contains an image)
What type of phrase is "flesh and blood"? 

Chapter 2

Why is this sentence repeated by the author? 
What traits make this chapter seem so scary? Are there particular words that stand out as being fear inducing? 
Older houses often have doors that lock with a single key from the outside of the room. The key is called a skeleton key.  (This annotation contains an image)
A wardrobe is a standing cupboard used for storing clothes. A modern wardrobe has hanging spaces, sliding shelves, and drawers.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3

Stories of Thunder Beings are common in many Native American tribal myths as well as Greek and Roman mythology. In Norse mythology, Thor (pictured below) is the Thunder God.  (This annotation contains an image)
Deerskin or buckskin is clothing, usually consisting of a jacket and leggings, made from soft leather from the hide of deer or elk. Buckskins are often trimmed with a fringe (originally a functional detail) to allow the garment to shed rain and to dry faster when wet. Many Native Americans still wear tribal dressings made of buckskin during ceremonies and dances.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the story Molly is remembering. A novel for children by C. S. Lewis, it was the first published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956).  (This annotation contains an image)
What do we learn about Molly with this passage? 
Setting includes the historical moment in time and geographic location in which a story takes place. It helps initiate the main backdrop and mood for a story. Elements of setting may include culture, historical period, geography, and hour. Along with the plot, character, theme, and style, setting is considered one of the fundamental components of fiction. 
Why does Molly call her uncle's house the "house of doom"? 

Chapter 5

What does this passage describe for the reader in literary terms? 
The idea of walls moving in toward the center of the room is a trope found typically in horror movies and action/adventure television shows. Sometimes, like in the photo below from the Batman TV series, the walls have spikes or other weapons in order to kill the hero quicker. Most often, the hero escapes by bracing the walls with something strong like a steel bar, a huge log, or a large cement pillar. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6

What does this passage do in the story? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 7

How does this passage make you feel about Mrs. Rudder and her office? Would you want to be there if you needed help? 
Pigeonhole storage is used to keep many similar things in a separate space. They are often used in office buildings and schools.  (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think the visit from the school representatives will make Molly's uncle treat her different now? 

Chapter 8

This story uses archetypes in its plot, especially during Molly's dream sequences. Here is a short video that explains archetypes a bit further. (This annotation contains a video)
What archetype does Molly become in her dream?  

Chapter 9

The Mohawk (Kanienkehaka), meaning the People of the Flint, are one of the five founding nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy. The Mohawks inhabited part of what is now known as the Mohawk Valley in New York State.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why would Molly's uncle have hidden cameras all around the house? 

Chapter 10

Fiber-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. The light forms an electromagnetic carrier wave that is modulated to carry information. Optical fibers allow surveillance cameras and microphones to be very small. The picture below is a optical fiber scope camera.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 11

The tone and mood is an important part of this book. Here is a short video that helps explain these terms. (This annotation contains a video)
Has the tone of the story shifted with the elements in this new dream?  

Chapter 12

Dream Interpretation is the process of assigning meaning to dreams, like Molly has done throughout the time her parents have been missing. In many ancient societies, such as those of Egypt and Greece, dreaming was considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention, whose message could be unraveled by the right translator.  
Quiz 2 

Chapter 13

What do the phrases "buck up," "keep a stiff upper lip," and "not give up the ship" mean? 
Molly Brant (c.1736 – 1796), was a prominent Mohawk woman in the era of the American Revolution. Living in the Province of New York, she was the consort of Sir William Johnson, the influential British Superintendent of Indian Affairs, with whom she had eight children. A Loyalist during the American Revolutionary War, she fled to British Canada, where she worked as an intermediary between British officials and the Iroquois. She was long ignored by historians of the United States, but scholarly interest in her increased in the late 20th century. She has sometimes been controversial, criticized for being pro-British at the expense of the Iroquois.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 14

Why is Molly's backpack a lot heavier now?  
A hinge is a type of bearing that connects two solid objects, typically allowing only a limited angle of rotation between them. Two objects connected by an ideal hinge rotate relative to each other about a fixed axis of rotation. Hinges may be made of flexible material or of moving components. In biology, many joints function as hinges.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why would Molly want the door to look closed even if it's not connected to the wall anymore? 

Chapter 15

Why does Molly decide to go into the tool shed? 
Why would Molly's uncle expect her to go towards other houses? Do you think she made the right choice going the other direction? 
A visitor center at a specific attraction or place of interest, such as a landmark, national park, national forest, or state park, providing information (such as trail maps, and about camp sites, staff contact, restrooms, etc.) and in-depth educational exhibits and artifact displays (for example, about natural or cultural history).  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 16

What does the suspension bridge sound a lot like from Molly's prior dreams? 
The pacing of Skeleton Man is pretty rapid, and now that Molly is being chased there is a high level of excitement. Not all books are like that though. Here is a short video that tells more about pacing. (This annotation contains a video)
What word best defines what the school psychiatrist is looking for in regards to the kidnapper? 
Quiz 3