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The Houdini Box Unit 4, Week 1
Genre – Historical Fiction Historical Fiction has characters and events based on real people and events in history.
Vocabulary Strategy – Synonyms and Antonyms Synonyms are words that mean almost the same thing. Example: Mad and Angry Antonyms are words with opposite meanings. Example: Happy and Sad
Comprehension Skill – Compare and Contrast When you compare and contrast, you tell how two or more things are alike and different.
Comprehension Strategy - Predict Active readers predict. They use what they know as well as what the author tells them to form ideas about what might happen next.
Vocabulary Escape Crumbled Magician Vanished Bustling Appeared Monument
Escape To break loose; to get out and away
Crumbled Fell to pieces
Bustling Being noisily busy and in a hurry; scurrying Being noisily busy and in a hurry; scurrying
Appeared Came into view or sight; was seen Came into view or sight; was seen
Magician Person who performs tricks Person who performs tricks
Monument Memorial; something to set up to honor a person or event Memorial; something to set up to honor a person or event
Vanished Disappeared, especially suddenly Disappeared, especially suddenly
Victor was upset because he could not --- Visit his Aunt Harriet Do the things that Houdini did Find the box with initials carved on it.
What did Victor and Houdini have in common? They liked to perform magic tricks. They asked people a lot of questions. They had a box with their initials on it.
Right after Victor learned about Houdinis tricks, he - Told Aunt Harriet his secret Got stuck in Aunt Harriets trunk Tried to do what Houdini had done.
Houdini probably promised to write Victors letter because he was -- Impressed with Victors determination Angry that Victor could not do any tricks Annoyed by all of Victors questions
What is the most likely reason the author wrote this story? To explain why magicians have secrets To entertain with a story about a boy who wants to be a magician To persuade children to do magic tricks for their friends
What kind of person was Victor? Fearful because he never wanted to try new things Daring because he approached Houdini at the train station
Why did Mrs. Houdini cry when she read the letter that Victor showed her? She was sad because her husband had just died She was embarrassed because she did not know how to read
Victor was excited after reading Houdinis monument because he -- Had always wondered what Houdinis real name was Realized the box that he was given as a boy had belonged to Houdini
How was Victor the same at the beginning and the end of the story? He was excited about magic He took a train to visit someone He followed his moms directions
What happened after Victor played ball with his son? He went to visit Houdini He found Houdinis box in the attic He wrote Houdini a letter
How could you tell that Houdini and Victor, as adults, were both kind people? Houdini was willing to share his secrets with Victor, and Victor helped his son learn how to hit a ball with a bat. Houdini was willing to share his secrets with Victor, and Victor helped his son learn how to hit a ball with a bat.
At the end of the story, why didnt Victor tell his wife and son about the box? Houdinis secrets were meant only for him.
What was in the box that Houdinis wife gave Victor? The secrets for how to do Houdinis tricks were in the box. The secrets for how to do Houdinis tricks were in the box.
The Author – Brian Selznick This author is worth checking out!! He is also the illustrator for Andrew Clements!!