The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Chapter 08

Download The Wizard of Oz Free Book Unit ~ Chapter 8.

This free book study for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is being offered in weekly installments. The best place to begin is with the introduction found here. This post contains teaching materials for Chapter  Chapter 8 ~ The Deadly Poppy Field.

Summary of Chapter 8 ~ The Deadly Poppy Field

As the travelers crossed the river on the raft, the current was strong causing the raft to float downstream. The water became deep and their poles could not reach the bottom. Suddenly the Scarecrow gave a mighty push with his pole, and it stuck to the river bottom.

Scarecrow was left dangling from the pole in the middle of the river as the raft continued to rush downstream. The Lion decided he must jump off the raft and pull it to shore. The group got off the raft and headed back upstream toward the Scarecrow. Stork came along and volunteered to carry the Scarecrow. Stork left the Scarecrow on the bank of the river.

As the group continued back upstream looking for the yellow brick road, they came upon a field of poppies. The poisonous odor of the poppies caused Dorothy, Toto, and the Lion to fall asleep. The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman carried Dorothy and Toto out of the field to fresh air, but the Lion was too heavy to carry and had to be left behind.

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Teaching Materials for Chapter 8 ~ The Deadly Poppy Field


wistful [adjective] ~ displaying or characterized by yearning or wishful sadness; meditative, melancholy, thoughtful

wistfully [adverb] ~ turns wistful into an adverb

So they sat down upon the bank and gazed wistfully at the Scarecrow until a Stork flew by, who, upon seeing them, stopped to rest at the water’s edge.

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frail [adjective] ~ easily broken or damaged; delicate, fragile

“I always did like flowers,” said the Lion. “They of seem so helpless and frail. But there are none in the forest so bright as these.”

Comprehension Questions

  1. The travelers had all of the following mishaps except ____.
    1.   washed down the river
    2.   being chased by the Stork
    3.   falling asleep in the poppy field
    4.   Scarecrow stuck on a pole
  1. Read this line from Chapter 8. They got along quite well at first. . .Which literary device is being used in this line?
  1.   metaphor
  2.   connotation
  3.   flashback
  4.   foreshadowing
  1. Number the following events in the order in which they happened in the book.

____ Lion swam to shore.
____ The travelers walked through a poppy field.
____ Scarecrow and Tin Woodman made a chair with their arms.
____ Scarecrow became stuck in the middle of the river.
____ The travelers started out on the raft.
____ Lion was left behind.
____ Stork carried Scarecrow.
____ The bottom of the river was too deep for the poles to reach.
____ The poppies began to make Lion, Dorothy, and Toto sleepy.

  1. What does this line from Chapter 8 most likely mean?
    Dorothy breakfasted like a princess. . .
  2. Detail some of the differences in the scene with the poppies from the movie compared to the book.


  • Constructed Response ~ Cause and Effect
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
  • Language Arts Skill ~ Pronouns ~ Shifts in Number and Person
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.1.C

FREE printable pages for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 8

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit
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