The Houdini Box Compiled by: Terry Sams PES by Brian Selznick
Study Skills Genre: Historical Fiction Comprehension Skill: Compare and Contrast Comprehension Strategy:
Predict Comprehension Review Skill: Plot and Character Vocabulary: Synonyms/Antonyms 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 Houdinis house. Victor opens it many years later and discovers Houdinis secrets.
Genre: Historical Fiction Historical fiction has characters and events based on real people and events in history.
As you read, look for historical details. (Different PowerPoint on Genre) Comprehension Skill Tested: Compare and Contrast
TE392 A Comparison tells how two or more things are alike. A Contrast tells how they are different Clue words such as like or as show
comparisons Clue words such as but or unlike show contrasts. Compare and Contrast PB 153 Special Effects and Magic Tricks
Alike Both seem real 1. Both fool the eye 2. Both have hard work Different
3. how they work to fool the eye: computer vs. hands 4. new practice vs. old 5. One is harder to figure out.
Vocabulary Skill: Synonyms and Antonyms When 394 TE
you read, you may come across a word you dont know. Sometimes the author will use a synonym or an antonym as a clue to the meaning of the word. Synonyms are words that mean almost the same thing.
Antonyms are words with opposite meanings. Click on the title to practice this skill. Comprehension Skill review Plot and Character TE 401 We
learn about characters by noticing what they say and do. The main characters problem often drives the plot. The plot begins when a character has a problem or conflict. Main events usually focus on the characters efforts to solve the problem. 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. Comprehension Skill review Plot and Character PB193 Problem Rising Action
Rising Action Climax Resolution 1. Cory was trying out for a dance group. Cory
waited for her turn. 2. Cory danced. 3.Cory made it into group. 4.Cory cheered. Comprehension Strategy Predict TE 407
Good readers think about what will happen next. Patterns in the information in a graph or chart can help you predict.
Review Questions 1.How can you tell Houdini and Victor were both kind people? 2.Why did Mrs. Houdini cry when she read Victors letter? 3.what did Victor try to do after he learned about Houdinis tricks?
4.Describe Victors character. Review Questions 1. Why didnt Victor tell his wife and son about the box? 2. Why did Houdini promise to write Victor a letter? 3. What was important about reading
Houdinis monument? 4. What was in Houdinis box? 5. When did Victor find Houdinis box? invisible Not
visible; not capable of being seen pretendin g making believe
judge form an opinion or estimate about appeared
was sight seen; came in vanished disappeared,
especially suddenly bustling being noisily
busy and in a hurry monumen t something set up to honor a
person or an event. A monument may be a building, pillar, arch, statue, monumen t
crumbled fell to pieces; decayed
magician person who entertains by art or skill of creating illusions, especially a sleight of hand
engraved cut deeply in; carved in; carved in an artistic way
unexplainabl e unaccountable; without apparent cause or reason escape
to get out and away; to get free The clothes were invisible to people who were unfit for
their jobs. The clothes were invisible to people who were unfit for their jobs. Victor was
looking around the huge, bustling train station when he saw Houdini. Victor was looking around the huge, bustling train
station when he saw Houdini. The king learned to judge people by their good work and not how they complimented him.
The king learned to judge people by their good work and not how they complimented him.
The weavers were only pretending to weave cloth . The weavers were only pretending to weave cloth .
The children like Houdini because he could do the unexplainable. The children like Houdini because he could do the
unexplainable. Houdini could escape from an iron milk can in under 20 seconds. Houdini could
escape from an iron milk can in under 20 seconds. Victor wanted to be a magician when he grew up, just like
Houdini. Victor wanted to be a magician when he grew up, just like Houdini. Mrs. Houdini
vanished up the staircase into the library. Mrs. Houdini vanished up the staircase into the library.
The initials E.W. were engraved on the bottom of the box. The initials E.W. were engraved on
the bottom of the box. They found the ball lying in the corner of a dark monument in the graveyard.
They found the ball lying in the corner of a dark monument in the graveyard. Two smaller words appeared
directly below Houdini. Two smaller words appeared directly below Houdini.
The lock was so old that it crumbled when Victor brushed his hand across it. The lock was so old that it
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