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.