Warriors #1: Into the Wild

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Join the legion of fans who have made Erin Hunter's Warriors series a #1 national bestseller! Epic adventures. Fierce Warrior cats. A thrilling fantasy world. It all begins here with Warriors #1: Into the Wild.

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying—and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Curriculet Details
52 Questions
55 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fifth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining feral cats, and how they behave in the wild and as pets. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about tension and point of view. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, characterization, and plot. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Before you begin reading, it might be helpful to learn a little bit about cats. A bracken-colored cat is one that is of the brown family. A tomcat is a male cat and a she-cat is a female cat.  
Why is Bluestar worried about Thunderclan? 

Chapter 1

Even when they are domesticated, cats like to observe from above. This is instinctual. When they were wild, they needed to be cautious of predators and also had to watch their prey. Below is a picture of a cat on a high perch in someone's home. (This annotation contains an image)
How did Rusty's adventure into the forest end? 
Rusty is a kittypet, meaning he isn't a forest cat living on his own. Rusty has only heard stories of the wild cats and doesn't expect to meet up with one in person. This intrigues Rusty. It doesn't sound like this will be the last encounter he has with forest cats. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on context clues (the other words in the sentence and in previous paragraphs), what are Twolegs? 
Cats who live in homes are called kittypets in this book. Cats who live in the wild and are untouched by humans are called feral cats. Below is a picture of a feral cat. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2

This is an example of figurative language. To be more specific, the author uses both personification and a simile. What object in the sentence is given human action (personification)? What are the queen's words compared to (simile)? 
What would you choose? Which world would you live in - the kittypet world, or the forest/clan world? Please explain your answer. 

Chapter 3

Authors narrate their stories through what is called point of view. There are several different types of points of view. Please watch the video below and then think about which one the author is using in this book.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is Rusty's decision about Bluestar's invitation to join their Clan? 
Rusty is not used to the speed of the Clan cats. He definitely has the potential to be a fast Clan cat but needs more experience. Below is a video of a cat jumping over trees and flowers in the woods. Perhaps it could be a Clan cat? (This annotation contains a video)
Below is a picture of a wild cat with kittens hiding in the wild. Wild kittens are able to be turned into pets. Wild adult cats are rarely able to become pets. (This annotation contains an image)
What do these sentences suggest about how the cats feel about Bluestar bringing a kittypet into the Clan? 
Rusty shows that he does not back down from a challenge and dismisses the other cats' comments about his past as a kittypet. What kind of warrior do you think Rusty will become? 
Rusty is named "Firepaw" because his fur lights up like fire in the sunlight. Below is a picture of a red tabby cat kitten that might give you an idea of what Firepaw looks like.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4

In your own words, describe the events leading up to Redtail's death. 
Doesn't the description of the stars sound beautiful? It's kind of cool to think of stars as past warriors always watching over you. Firepaw is quickly learning a great deal about life as a Clan cat. (This annotation contains an image)
Who is one of the only cats that gives orders to the warrior cat, Tigerclaw? 
What is one of the apprentice duties for the Clan? 
Wow! Wasn't that surprising? When an author has a character do something unexpected, you should pay attention. Ask yourself the question "Why did that happen?" This helps you to understand the plot and the characters much more deeply. 
What literary device does the author use in the highlighted sentences? 

Chapter 5

Describe how Firepaw feels about becoming a part of Thunderclan. 
Lionheart and Tigerclaw are teaching Firepaw to rely on his sense of smell. Did you know that cats have a sense of smell fourteen times more powerful than humans? 
When is the only time the four Clans come together peacefully? 
The Thunderpath sounds scary! Put yourself in the "paws" of a cat. The monsters smell bad, go fast and speed by. What do you think the Thunderpath is? 
How would you describe Tigerclaw's attitude with the apprentices? 
Cats use a stalking crouch when waiting to pounce on their prey. Watch the video below to get an idea of what this looks like on a real cat. Unfortunately, this is a kittypet stalking himself in the mirror.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does Firepaw do that makes him a "true Thunderclan apprentice"? 

Chapter 6

When an author creates tension, the reader feels like they are in the moment with the character. There is a potential conflict coming as indicated in the highlighted sentence. After watching the video on tension, think about how the author creates tension in the next few paragraphs.  (This annotation contains a video)
What rule in the warrior code are Graypaw and Firepaw discussing? 
Foxes are small mammals that are omnivorous - they eat both plants and animals. They typically only live two to three years. If they are hungry, they are especially dangerous to small cats, like kits. (This annotation contains an image)
Who did Fireheart see on the other side of the Thunderpath? 

Chapter 7

Yellowfang gives Firepaw a fight he wasn't expecting and he gives her a fight she wasn't expecting. How do you think this fight will turn out? (This annotation contains an image)
How has Firepaw changed since he was a kittypet? Please describe the differences. 
It seems like being called a "kitty" is an insult in this world of wild cat clans. But it doesn't seem to bother Firepaw in this instance. He seems to have developed some compassion for this rival cat who is in bad shape. What will happen to Firepaw as a result of this compassion? 
What warrior code rule had Fireheart broken? 

Chapter 8

Now some of Yellowfang's story is starting to come out. It's interesting that she says "I choose to travel alone." Do you think that is true -- that it was her choice? 
What sentence best shows that Bluestar is a leader who doesn't make quick judgements and is willing to find out if there is more to the story? 
Foxes will eat kittens and small cats if given the chance, but will leave adult cats alone. Many adult cats are as large as the fox itself and are not worth the trouble. Below is a picture of a red fox in the wild.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word "goaded" mean in the highlighted sentence? 
When something unexpected happens in a story, the reader should pay close attention and ask him or herself why this happened and/or how this could change things. How could Bluestar taking on Firepaw as an apprentice change things in the Clan? 
Chapters 1 - 8 Quiz 

Chapter 9

Characters can be considered static or dynamic. Please watch the video below to learn about the difference. Then think about Yellowfang. Is she a static or dynamic character? (This annotation contains a video)
How are the other apprentices treating Firepaw? Give examples to support your response. 
While Yellowfang is often grumpy and miserable with Firepaw, there are moments where she seems to soften towards him. Do you think there is any chance that they will become friends? 
Where was Firepaw not supposed to put the mouse bile? 
Tigerclaw is extremely hard to please. Good for Ravenpaw for finally getting a compliment out of him! 
What does Graypaw have to do in order to cover for Firepaw not delivering some fresh kill to Yellowfang? 

Chapter 10

Here again, we see a character acting in a way that is unexpected. Yellowfang calls Firepaw by his name and not "kittypet." Remember what you are supposed to do when you come to a part in the story where something unexpected happens. Ask yourself, "why is the character acting this way?" This can lead to a better understanding of character or maybe a conflict. Why do you think Yellowfang acts this way? 
How is Ravenpaw feeling about the apprentice assessment? Can you find a sentence in the highlighted paragraph that proves this? Please copy the sentence and then explain how that shows how he is feeling. 
Remember the video that talked about static or dynamic characters? Looking back on everything that has happened to Firepaw, would you consider him a static or dynamic character?  
Who does Firepaw meet up with in the forest unexpectedly? 

Chapter 11

Based on this section of the book, how would you describe Tigerpaw's leadership of the three apprentices? 
The cats seem to keep track of time through the cycle of the moon. A full moon appears every 29.5 days, so three moons means three months. 
A theme is the message the author is trying to get across through the story. It is usually some BIG idea about life or the world. Watch the video below about how a theme emerges and then look at the highlighted sentence. What BIG idea is beginning to emerge? (This annotation contains a video)
The author uses third-person limited point of view in most of the book so far. Remember, third-person limited means that we can see inside the head of just one character. Which character is that? 

Chapter 12

The highlighted section contains beautiful imagery of the forest by the author. Imagery is a type of figurative language that describes something using the five senses. In this section, the author uses sight, and smell to make the forest come alive for the reader. 
Blackfoot sounds like an intimidating cat. Below is a picture of what Blackfoot might look like. I bet you can understand why Firepaw is in awe of the big tom.  (This annotation contains an image)
All of the cats in this book have very distinct personalities and behaviors. Besides Firepaw, who is your favorite cat and why? 
All the cat Clans rely on storytelling to share their histories. This goes back to the beginning of civilization. Cavemen used to share stories through drawings on cave walls. Even today, we share stories. Maybe you have had an adult tell you stories about your relatives. We share stories to understand the world and ourselves. The cats are no different. They are just trying to understand what happens in life and where they came from. 
How does Brokenstar respond to the question of where the WindClan warriors are? 
What surprising request does ShadowClan make to ThunderClan and RiverClan? 
Do you think Yellowfang is as dangerous as Brokenstar claims? Hmmm...something to think about.... 

Chapter 13

While Yellowstar is scared, she is not willing to leave, even though she fears the ThunderClan cats and what they have learned from Brokenstar. What does that tell us about her character? 
Bluestar stops Tigerstar and Darkstripe from hurting the prisoner cat Yellowfang.  (This annotation contains an image)
Can a murmur ripple? It can when you are an author. It's a technique used by writers to give life to something non-living and its fancy name is called personification. Watch the video below and then be on the lookout for more examples throughout the book.  (This annotation contains a video)
Make a prediction about what you think will happen between ShadowClan and ThunderClan. Do you think ThunderClan will be able to fight them off and keep them out of their hunting territories? Why or why not? 

Chapter 14

Here it is again. You just learned about this in the last chapter and you watched a video about this. It's when an author gives something non-living some human characteristics. Do you remember what it is called? 
The cats are on the edge of the uplands where there is a Thunderpath. Do you remember what the Thunderpath was from previous chapters? 
A Thunderpath is dangerous for both cats and humans. Any place where cars speed by can be a dangerous area. Do you think cars are more dangerous to cats or humans? 
Heather is a type of plant that produces pinkish flowers and buds. Deer and other small animals munch on these buds and help to prune the plant. Below is a picture of what heather looks like in the wild. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 15

Tigerclaw and Firepaw react very differently to the Moonstone. Please explain the differences in how each reacts. 
The terror of Firepaw's dream matches the look of desperation in Bluestar's eyes. If his dream is true, then ThunderClan is in terrible danger. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 16

The images flashing into Firepaw's mind are an example of what literary device? 
Rats are medium-sized rodents considered pests by many. Rats can carry disease and even were responsible for transmitting the Black Plague in Europe during the Elizabethan era. Rats in New York City are famous for their size. Now, the ThunderClan cats must battle them to get home.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why was Tigerclaw so angry with Barley? 
There is an old myth that says that cats have nine lives because they are able to survive falls from great heights and narrowly survive terrible situations. In this story, each leader DOES have nine lives. Bluestar has just used up one. How many do you think she has left? 
Chapters 9 -16 Quiz 

Chapter 17

Oh no. It sounds like Firepaw's dream might be coming true. It also seems like Bluestar knew as well.  (This annotation contains an image)
While there are several protagonists and antagonists in this story, during this scene you can consider ThunderClan the protagonist and _________________ the antagonist. 
Grief seems to be something that the Clans have to deal with quite often. It seems to be just another aspect of Clan life. Below is an artist's illustration of Lionheart on his way to StarClan. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 18

Why is Ravenpaw so scared by Tigerclaw's question? 
Yellowfang went from being a prisoner of ThunderClan to now a full member of the Clan. Bluestar has faith in her and hopefully the rest of the cats will follow her lead.  (This annotation contains an image)
What kind of leader do you think Tigerclaw will be? Give some examples to support your position. 
Who does Tigerclaw, Longtail and Darkstripe suspect is a traitor to the ThunderClan? 

Chapter 19

Do you think Spottedleaf means just fire? Or could she mean Firepaw? It might be up to the little kittypet to save the Clan. This could be another example of foreshadowing. Keep reading to find out! 
Which sentence below shows that Bluestar is an intense fighter? 
Bluestar mentoring Firepaw is slightly unusual because leaders of Clans do not mentor apprentices very often. Perhaps Firepaw's past as a kittypet makes this an unusual situation.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 20

Oh no. Could Firepaw's suspicions be true? Is it too late to help Ravenpaw? By creating all these little scenes where the reader wonders, the author is creating tension. The reader HAS to find out what has happened to Ravenpaw! 
Why does Ravenpaw want to keep quiet about Tigerclaw's order to hunt in enemy territory? 
What should Ravenpaw do now? What would you do in his position? 
Tiny newborn kittens are so cute! Below is a picture of what Brindleface's kittens might look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does Bluestar reveal to Firepaw that shocks him? 

Chapter 21

Every time things seem to slow down in this book, the author throws something else at us. We are still trying to figure out if Tigerclaw is really loyal to ThunderClan and now we have to try and decide if Yellowfang was really loyal to ShadowClan the whole time. Talk about a roller coaster! 
Why does Bluestar believe that Yellowfang will come back to the ThunderClan camp? 
Firepaw is having a difficult time trusting other cats after everything that has happened. Who do you think Firepaw trusts LEAST at this point?  (This annotation contains an image)
Here the author is using something called dramatic irony. The reader knows something that a character doesn't. What do we know that Tigerclaw doesn't? 
This must be difficult for Ravenpaw. He has to leave his Clan home and find a cat he has never met and hope that he will allow him to live with him as a loner. Good thing we know Barley is a nice cat.  (This annotation contains an image)

chapter 22

Where do you think they will find Yellowfang and why? 
Just like in any mystery or adventure story, there is always more to the story. Here, we see the plot deepening. Are you following everything? If you get confused, slow down and go back to the last place you understood. Even good readers have to re-read to make sure they understand EVERYTHING that is going on. 
Why was Yellowfang banished from ShadowClan? 

Chapter 23

What kind of extra help do Graypaw, Firepaw and Yellowfang need to rescue the kits? 
Summarize the plan to rescue the kits from the ShadowClan camp. 

Chapter 24

As a good reader, you have to be able to "read between the lines," which is the fancy name for making an inference. What can we infer about the fact that the ShadowClan cats have to eat rotting meat? 
The truth about Brokenstar is now beginning to come out. Just as Yellowfang predicted, some of the ShadowClan cats will not come to his aid. 
It's very compassionate of Whitestorm to allow ShadowClan to hunt on ThunderClan territory in order to rebuild the strength of the Clan. What other cat in ThunderClan is capable of that kind of compassion? 

Chapter 25

Pretend that you are Firepaw and you need to explain to ThunderClan why Yellowfang is not a traitor. Summarize all that she did to help ShadowClan and rescue the kits. 
This is what Firepaw has been dreaming of since he was a kittypet. He is finally a ThunderClan warrior! It certainly looks like he earned it. His kittypet life is very, very far away from defending the ThunderClan and upholding the warrior code. 
Chapters 17 - 25