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Thehoudinibox

  1. 1. The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
  2. 2. Study Skills <ul><li>Genre: Historical Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehension Skill: Compare and Contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehension Strategy: Predict </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehension Review Skill: Plot and Character </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary: Synonyms/Antonyms </li></ul>
  3. 3. Summary Young Victor wants to be a magician like his hero, famed escape artist Harry Houdini, but his attempts at escape end up as disasters. One Halloween night, he receives a wooden box at Houdini’s house. Victor opens it many years later and discovers Houdini’s secrets.
  4. 4. Genre : Historical Fiction <ul><li>Historical fiction has characters and events based on real people and events in history. As you read, look for historical details. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Comprehension Skill Tested: Compare and Contrast <ul><li>A Comparison tells how two or more things are alike. </li></ul><ul><li>A Contrast tells how they are different </li></ul><ul><li>Clue words such as like or as show comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Clue words such as but or unlike show contrasts . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Comprehension Skill review – Plot and Character <ul><li>We learn about characters by noticing what they say and do. </li></ul><ul><li>The main character’s problem often drives the plot. The plot begins when a character has a problem or conflict . </li></ul><ul><li>Main events usually focus on the character’s efforts to solve the problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Plot (problem) builds up during rising action , is met directly at the climax , and comes to an end, as the action winds down, during the resolution . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Comprehension Strategy Predict <ul><li>Good readers think about what will happen next . </li></ul><ul><li>Patterns in the information in a graph or chart can help you predict . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Things <ul><li>Character Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary Game </li></ul><ul><li>A Review: Houdini in Children’s Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Harry Houdini </li></ul><ul><li>Time Line </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions about the story <ul><li>Can you always believe what you see? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Why do you think Houdini is able to escape and seems to walk through walls, but Victor cannot? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Why do people enjoy watching magic tricks so much? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>What are some things you would and wouldn’t like about being an illusionist? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Review Questions <ul><li>How can you tell Houdini and Victor were both kind people? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did Mrs. Houdini cry when she read Victor’s letter? </li></ul><ul><li>what did Victor try to do after he learned about Houdini’s tricks? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe Victor’s character. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Review Questions <ul><li>Why didn’t Victor tell his wife and son about the box? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did Houdini promise to write Victor a letter? </li></ul><ul><li>What was important about reading Houdini’s monument? </li></ul><ul><li>What was in Houdini’s box? </li></ul><ul><li>When did Victor find Houdini’s box? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Vocabulary - Say It <ul><li>vanished </li></ul><ul><li>magician </li></ul><ul><li>escape </li></ul><ul><li>bustling </li></ul><ul><li>appeared </li></ul><ul><li>crumbled </li></ul><ul><li>monument </li></ul>
  16. 16. More Words to Know <ul><li>engraved </li></ul><ul><li>unexplainable </li></ul><ul><li>invisible </li></ul><ul><li>pretending </li></ul><ul><li>judge </li></ul>
  17. 17. invisible <ul><li>Not visible; not capable of being seen </li></ul>
  18. 18. pretending <ul><li>making believe </li></ul>
  19. 19. judge <ul><li>form an opinion or estimate about </li></ul>
  20. 20. appeared <ul><li>was seen; came in sight </li></ul>
  21. 21. vanished <ul><li>disappeared, especially suddenly </li></ul>
  22. 22. bustling <ul><li>being noisily busy and in a hurry </li></ul>
  23. 23. monument <ul><li>something set up to honor a person or an event. A monument may be a building, pillar, arch, statue, tomb, or stone. </li></ul>
  24. 24. monument
  25. 25. crumbled <ul><li>fell to pieces; decayed </li></ul>
  26. 26. magician <ul><li>person who entertains by art or skill of creating illusions, especially a sleight of hand </li></ul>
  27. 27. engraved <ul><li>cut deeply in; carved in; carved in an artistic way </li></ul>
  28. 28. unexplainable <ul><li>unaccountable; without apparent cause or reason </li></ul>
  29. 29. escape <ul><li>to get out and away; to get free </li></ul>
  30. 30. The clothes were invisible to people who were unfit for their jobs.
  31. 31. The clothes were invisible to people who were unfit for their jobs.
  32. 32. Victor was looking around the huge, bustling train station when he saw Houdini.
  33. 33. Victor was looking around the huge, bustling train station when he saw Houdini.
  34. 34. The king learned to judge people by their good work and not how they complimented him.
  35. 35. The king learned to judge people by their good work and not how they complimented him.
  36. 36. The weavers were only pretending to weave cloth .
  37. 37. The weavers were only pretending to weave cloth .
  38. 38. The children like Houdini because he could do the unexplainable .
  39. 39. The children like Houdini because he could do the unexplainable .
  40. 40. Houdini could escape from an iron milk can in under 20 seconds.
  41. 41. Houdini could escape from an iron milk can in under 20 seconds.
  42. 42. Victor wanted to be a magician when he grew up, just like Houdini.
  43. 43. Victor wanted to be a magician when he grew up, just like Houdini.
  44. 44. Mrs. Houdini vanished up the staircase into the library.
  45. 45. Mrs. Houdini vanished up the staircase into the library.
  46. 46. The initials E.W. were engraved on the bottom of the box.
  47. 47. The initials E.W. were engraved on the bottom of the box.
  48. 48. They found the ball lying in the corner of a dark monument in the graveyard.
  49. 49. They found the ball lying in the corner of a dark monument in the graveyard.
  50. 50. Two smaller words appeared directly below “Houdini”.
  51. 51. Two smaller words appeared directly below “Houdini”.
  52. 52. The lock was so old that it crumbled when Victor brushed his hand across it.
  53. 53. The lock was so old that it crumbled when Victor brushed his hand across it.

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