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Words: 601-700

Skills: Story Elements Summary Theme

Grades: 4th 5th

Topics: Adventure / Thriller and Science Fiction / Fantasy

Genres: Prose

Lexile Range: 740L - 1050L

Lexile Measure: 1000L

CCSS: Reading: Literature

Themes:

The Search for the Wicked Witch


by L. Frank Baum from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Chapter 12 Passage: L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was written in 1900. It tells the story of Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl, who has been swept up by a cyclone to the magical land of Oz. She wants to return home and has been told by the Wizard of Oz that she must first kill the Wicked Witch of West. Dorothy sets out to find the witch with the her friends the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow, and her dog, Toto. The witch has seen the group coming. In this passage, she tries to stop them by calling the Winged Monkeys. Students will read the passage and answer questions about comprehension and theme.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Search for the Wicked Witch

by L. Frank Baum from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written in 1900. It tells the story of Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl, who has been swept up by a cyclone to the magical land of Oz. She wants to return home and has been told by the Wizard of Oz that she must first kill the Wicked Witch of West. Dorothy sets out to find the witch with the her friends the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow, and her dog, Toto. The witch has seen the group coming and has tried to stop them. In this passage, she tries one last time to stop them by calling the Winged Monkeys.

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Now the charm began to work. The sky was darkened, and a low rumbling sound was heard in the air. There was a rushing of many wings, a great chattering and laughing, and the sun came out of the dark sky to show the Wicked Witch surrounded by a crowd of monkeys, each with a pair of immense and powerful wings on his shoulders.

One, much bigger than the others, seemed to be their leader. He flew close to the Witch and said, "You have called us for the third and last time. What do you command?"

"Go to the strangers who are within my land and destroy them all except the Lion," said the Wicked Witch. "Bring that beast to me, for I have a mind to harness him like a horse, and make him work."

"Your commands shall be obeyed," said the leader. Then, with a great deal of chattering and noise, the Winged Monkeys flew away to the place where Dorothy and her friends were walking.

Some of the Monkeys seized the Tin Woodman and carried him through the air until they were over a country thickly covered with sharp rocks. Here they dropped the poor Woodman, who fell a great distance to the rocks, where he lay so battered and dented that he could neither move nor groan.

Others of the Monkeys caught the Scarecrow, and with their long fingers pulled all of the straw out of his clothes and head. They made his hat and boots and clothes into a small bundle and threw it into the top branches of a tall tree.

The remaining Monkeys threw pieces of stout rope around the Lion and wound many coils about his body and head and legs, until he was unable to bite or scratch or struggle in any way. Then they lifted him up and flew away with him to the Witch's castle, where he was placed in a small yard with a high iron fence around it, so that he could not escape.

But Dorothy they did not harm at all. She stood, with Toto in her arms, watching the sad fate of her comrades and thinking it would soon be her turn. The leader of the Winged Monkeys flew up to her, his long, hairy arms stretched out and his ugly face grinning terribly; but he saw the mark of the Good Witch's kiss upon her forehead and stopped short, motioning the others not to touch her.

"We dare not harm this little girl," he said to them, "for she is protected by the Power of Good, and that is greater than the Power of Evil. All we can do is to carry her to the castle of the Wicked Witch and leave her there."

So, carefully and gently, they lifted Dorothy in their arms and carried her swiftly through the air until they came to the castle, where they set her down upon the front doorstep. Then the leader said to the Witch:

"We have obeyed you as far as we were able. The Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow are destroyed, and the Lion is tied up in your yard. The little girl we dare not harm, nor the dog she carries in her arms. Your power over our band is now ended, and you will never see us again."

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What did the winged monkeys do to the Tin Woodman?



2. What did the Wicked Witch want to do the the Lion?



3. By the end of the passage, how many times had the Witch called the monkeys?



4. What protected Dorothy and Toto?