Stallion by Starlight

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Curriculet Details
16 Questions
17 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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1. The Ring of Truth

Story Introduction: In this adventure, Jack and Annie will be magically transported to ancient Greece to find greatness. Join them to see how Merlin's magic ring does not find greatness in the young Alexander the Great, but in Jack who tames the wild stallion. 
Why does Jack NOT want to talk to Annie? 
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. Which word is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for cloak? 

2. Keep Walking

Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Read the examples of imagery on the poster below.  (This annotation contains an image)
The air felt dry and hot.Which of the five senses does the author appeal to in this sentence? 
Why does Jack tell Annie to act like a student? 
Why does Annie say the man is wrong about the earth being the center of the universe? 

3. Big Thinkers

Similes and Metaphors: Similes compare two distinct objects using "like" or "as." Metaphors compare two objects without using "like" or "as." Metaphors usually say one thing "is" another thing. Watch the video to learn more about similes and metaphors.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which sentence in the highlighted text contains an example of a simile? 
Quiz 1 

4. The One-Eyed King

Character traits are traits that characters have that reveal their personality. Watch the video to learn more about character traits. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the way Prince Alexander entered the room reveal about his character? 

5. The Race

Why does Jack want to get away from Prince Alexander?  
What does Prince Alexander want Jack to do? 
Which of the following words DOES NOT describe Prince Alexander? 
Why does Annie want Jack to use Merlin's magic? 

6. Warhorses

His ears were flat against his head.Based on the information in the annotation above and the highlighted sentence, how is Bucephalus feeling right now? 
The position of a horse's ears indicate how the horse is feeling. Look at the poster below and then answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains an image)
"He's ridiculous," Jack said shaking his head.Which word is an antonym (word with opposite meaning) for ridiculous? 
Make Connections: Do you agree with Annie that "love is always a good place to start"? Why or why not? 

7. Stallion at Starlight

Which phrase from the highlighted text appeals to the reader's sense of smell? 
Do you recall which literary device authors use to appeal to a reader's senses? If you said imagery, you are correct! 
Quiz 2 

8. Night Riders

He passed meadows where sheep and cows slept under the stars. He passed quiet farmhouses and barking dogs.Based on the details in these sentences, where are Jack and Annie riding Buddy? 
Why do Jack and Annie know how to ride Buddy? What happened earlier in the story that makes this possible? 

9. The Truth

Which words from the highlighted text reveal that Prince Alexander is not happy with Jack and Annie? 
Why is Prince Alexander confused by Jack's answer? 
Based on what you have read in the text, who is touching Buddy's head in this picture? 
Point of view is the mode of narration an author uses to help the reader "hear" and "see" what is taking place in the story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view.  (This annotation contains a video)
He needs a loyal friend.Choose the word that could correctly replace the underlined word without changing the meaning of the sentence. 

10. A Place of Honor

Fantasy is a literary genre that is defined by the presence of magic and supernatural elements.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why are Jack and Annie going to the tree house? 
Listen to a sample of another "Magic Tree House" book. (Click Play Audio Sample.) Think about how the audio book is similar to the story you are reading.  (This annotation contains a link)
After you finish Quiz 3, continue reading the Author's Note on the next few pages to learn more about Alexander the Great. 
Quiz 3