Teacher Materials

  The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a very unique book by author Brian Selznick.  Selznick carefully crafted a 562 page book that is a combination of graphic novel, picture book, flip book and novel.  The story is told by both the words and the exquisite pictures that are interspersed. 
    Children in grades 4-6 would especially enjoy this story of a 12 year old orphan who while living a life full of secrets, single handedly sets all of the clocks in a Paris train station and lives independently.  Kids will be fascinated by the mystery of a  cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message. Teachers and school librarians could use this Web Quest for literature circles or book clubs in the classroom.  The WebQuest could act as a supplement to reading the novel in class.  It could also be an excellent tool for high ability learners who are reading the book, and are eager to learn more about some of the interesting concepts in the book. 
 State Standards:
English/Language Arts Indiana State Standards for Grade 4:
 4.1.2 Vocabulary and Concept Development
4.1.7 Use context to determine the meaning of unknown words
4.2.3 Draw Conclusions or make and confirm predictions
4.2.6 Distinguish between cause and effect
4.3.2 Analysis of grade level appropriate text
4.3.5 Define figurative language such as similes, metaphors, personification and identify in literary works.
English/Language Arts Indiana State Standards for Grade 5:
5.1.1 Decoding and word recognition in grade appropriate text
5.1.2 Vocabulary and Concept Development
5.1.5 Understand and explain the figurative use of words in similes and metaphors
5.1.6 Understand unknown words by using word, sentence and paragraph clues to determine meaning
5.3.2 Analysis of grade level appropriate text
English/Language Arts Indiana State Standards for Grade 6:
6.1.1 Decoding and word recognition
6.1.2 Identify and interpret figurative language
6.1.4 Understand unknown words by using word, sentence and paragraph clues to determine meaning
6.2.7 Make reasonable conclusions about a text supporting them with evidence from a text.
6.3.2 Analyze the effects of the qualities of the character on the plot and resolution of the conflict
6.3.3 Analyze the effects of the setting on the problem and its resolution
6.3.7 Explain the effects of common literary devices such as symbolism, imagery or metaphor in a variety of texts.
6.3.8 Critique the believability of characters and the degree to which a plot is believable or realistic.
 Supplemental Materials:
Suggestions for implementing this activity:
  •  Utilize the page titled "Resources" on this Web Quest.  There is a good deal of information on some of the books, actors and actresses of the 1930's.  There are also some video clips of some silent films, which would really aid student understanding of that concept.
  • If  this Web Quest and book are being used for large group instruction, create some excitement by displaying images of Paris, trains, clocks and automata somewhere near the instruction space. The book is so large, that it can be intimidating..building excitement can quell those fears.
  • Reserve access to large projection screen for the "awards show" at the conclusion of the project.  It might be fun to pop popcorn for the students, and even have a red carpet created out of red butcher paper.