Leonardo Da Vinci: A Nonfiction Companion to Monday with a Mad Genius

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Curriculet Details
16 Questions
16 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fourth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, summarization, and noting details. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about media analysis and textual connections. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of text structure, integrating information from other sources, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. Leonardo da Vinci and His World

A lyre is a stringed instrument like a small U-shaped harp with strings fixed to a crossbar, used especially in ancient Greece. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why are Leonardo's books and journals important? 
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Why would an artist want to live with a patron? 
The image below shows where Florence is located in Italy. (This annotation contains an image)

2. Leonardo in Florences

What can you determine about Florence based on the details in the highlighted text? 
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Whenever someone who lived in Florence left the city, they said they were cathedral-sick instead of homesick.What do the details in this sentence suggest? 
Did You Know? Guilds had their own specific crest. The crests helped people identify who belonged to certain guilds.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Using the details in the highlighted sentence, which guild would someone who makes clothing belong to? 
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? 
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He took a lyre to Milan that he had designed himself.Which word below is a synonym (word with similar meaning) to the underlined word in the sentence above? 
Quiz 1 

3. Leonardo the Dreamer

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci came up with these ideas? 
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Which sentence BEST supports the reason that Leonardo da Vinci was an inventor? 
Why do you suppose Leonardo's one-man crossbow was never built? 
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Why did Adrian Nicholas build a parachute exactly like Leonardo's drawing? 
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Why would Leonardo da Vinci be happy with our world today? Use the evidence in the text to help you choose the BEST answer. 
Watch the video in the link below to learn more about the Black Death, or bubonic plague. You will use the information from this video to answer the question below. (This annotation contains a link)
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According to the information in the video (which can be found in the annotation above), the Black Death killed approximately _____________ of the population when it swept through Europe. 

4. Leonardo the Scientist

Leonardo studied human anatomy throughout his life. If people had not studied the human body in the past, we would not understand it the way we do today. Look at the image below. Which organ helps to circulate blood throughout your body? (This annotation contains an image)
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His teachers often dissected human bodies during class.Which word(s) below could accurately replace the underlined word without changing the meaning of the sentence? 
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Why did Leonardo think that it was impossible for a flood to leave fossil remains? 
Look at the image below. What animal left this fossil embedded in the rock? (This annotation contains an image)

5. Leonardo the Artist

The image below shows one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings. Notice how the clothing is draped on the bodies of the women in the painting. (This annotation contains an image)
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What can you expect to learn under the subtitle Studio in Milan? 
The image below shows Leonardo da Vinci's painting of 'The Last Supper.' (This annotation contains an image)
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Refer to the image in the annotation above to answer this question.Which statement from the text DOES NOT relate to the image of The Last Supper? 
Click on the link below to access the article about the Mona Lisa. Please read the short article carefully. You will use the information in the article to answer the question below. (This annotation contains a link)
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According to the information in the article (which can be found in the annotation above), the Mona Lisa was lost for ____ years. 
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6. People in Leonardo's World

Read the quote from Leon Battista Alberti. Use the quote to answer the following question. (This annotation contains an image)
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He was also a poet, musician, philosopher, sculptor, and writer.Based on the details in the quote from Leon Battista Alberti (which can be found in the annotation above), what is the most likely reason that Leon was all of the things mentioned in the sentence above? 
The image below is of Raphael. (This annotation contains an image)
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During his short life, he produced many incredible paintings. But at the height of his fame, Raphael caught a fever.Which phrase from the sentences above indicate to the reader that Raphael may have passed away at a young age? 

7. Death of a Genius

Once you finish Quiz 3, continue reading on the next several pages. The author provides resources for finding out more information about Leonardo da Vinci. 
Quiz 3