The Chocolate Touch

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John midas loves chocolate. He loves it so much that he′ll eat it any hour of any day. He doesn′t care if he ruins his appetite. He thinks chocolate is better than any other food! But one day, after wandering into a candy store and buying a piece of their best chocolate, John finds out that there might just be such a thing as too much chocolate. . . .

Curriculet Details
21 Questions
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5 Quizzes

Join John Midas, a candy lover, as he learns that too much of a good thing can cause more than a belly ache. This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains videos exploring mythology, as well as annotations describing irony, writing style, and theme. Students will explore the themes of selfishness and generosity. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

John's one bad fault is being selfish with candy. In two complete sentences, describe your one bad fault. 
Note the connection to the most famous King Midas who is popularly remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched with his hand into gold. This came to be called the Golden touch, or the Midas touch. According to Aristotle, legend held that Midas died of starvation as a result of his golden touch. 
Measles is a sickness where the patient has a high fever, red spotted rash, loss of appetite, a cough, and a runny nose. Most children today receive a vaccination against measles.  (This annotation contains an image)
Cranium is a scientific term for the part of the skull that holds the brain. 
Quiz #1 
The Food Pyramid helps us know what kinds of foods are important to eat and in what amounts.  (This annotation contains an image)
How would you answer Mr. Midas's question? Can you have too much of something you really, really like? Give your opinion with examples and use complete sentences. 
Which of the following statements is FALSE? 

Chapter 2

Consider what you know about John. Based upon his past actions, what is he most likely to do with the coin he found?  
What is the most important thing John should think about as he makes this decision? 
You might also take such a "tonic" everyday to provide you with extra nutrition and minerals you don't get from a well-balanced diet. What is this "tonic" commonly referred to as? 
In your opinion did the storekeeper cheat John? Please explain. 
Quiz #2 

Chapter 3

Reread this sentence. What is the best definition for ambled? 
What has happened to John? Is he using a good imagination or had something magically happened to him as he slept? In a few sentences, explain what you believe is going on and make a prediction regarding the remainder of John's day. 

Chapter 4

Think about what is happening to John. His experience with the chocolate is an allusion to which historical or mythological character's experiences? 
Note: an allusion is a literary tool that some writers use to help readers understand the characters, plot, or text by making connections to similar characters and/or situations from other stories or history. 
In a few sentences provide a reasonable explanation of why Spider didn't taste chocolate when he tried eating the leather glove. Use evidence from the text. 
Read the highlighted text. The writer uses a literary tool to vividly describe the taste of the leather for the reader. Which of the following tools is used in this example? 
Many elementary schools have jungle gyms for students to play on during recess.  (This annotation contains a link)
A dollar coin made of any white metal, especially one made of silver.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following statements is FALSE? 

Chapter 5

Based upon your reading so far, what claim about Miss Plimsole is not accurate? 
Notice the shift in John's perspective. He is "worried" about the chocolate instead of excited. Using information from the text, why do you think John's views of chocolate are now worrying him? 
Quiz #3 

Chapter 6

Reread this sentence. Notice the repetition of the use of words that begin with the letter "s". This is called alliteration. It gives the writing a musical quality and makes the writing fluid. 
Consider John's recent experiences. How would you describe his current feelings toward candy? Use details from the story to support your answer. 

Chapter 7

Consider the Food Pyramid you examined earlier. Evaluate his food choices for lunch. Explain whether he has made strong or weak choices and why he made the decisions he did. 

Chapter 8

These vocabulary words can be chunked into two related groups: Those related to control - avarice and moderation. Those related to health-indigestion, unhealthiness, acidity, and digestibility. Can you determine what any of these words mean by looking for root words within the larger words?  
A score is a piece of musical text.  (This annotation contains an image)
An oboe is a wind instrument. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #4 

Chapter 9

How is John's situation getting worse? 

Chapter 10

If chocolatitis were an illness, what do you imagine the remedy or cure might be? Describe what your "prescription" would be for John in 2-3 sentences and how you believe this would cure him. 

Chapter 11

A proprietor is a shopkeeper. 
Notice the writer's use of the dash in this paragraph. It is used here to link all of the words tightly together, indicating that John said this in a rapid manner without taking a breath. Punctuation can be used to help the reader make meaning of a text. 
What would the storekeeper be "satisfied" about? 
What can be inferred from this last paragraph? 

Chapter 12

Quiz #5