Gathering Blue

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Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.
As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.
This ebook includes a sample chapter of MESSENGER.
Curriculet Details
52 Questions
54 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 7th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining foreshadowing, tone versus mood, and tension in literature. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about imagery and characterization. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of figurative language, making inferences, and citing textual evidence. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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The term "cott" is used as an abbreviation for "cottage." Throughout the novel, notice the words the author uses that may be unfamiliar to you. How does the author use the words to create a sense of culture? 
Based on the statement, what inference can you make about the number of syllables in a person's name and their age? 
Kira has a physical disability. Was she accepted as a productive member of her community? How do you think this affected Kira as she grew up? 
What response would be the best synonym for the word tykes as it is used in this sentence? 
Watch the video to review the difference between tone and mood. Think about how an author uses words to create tone and mood and the effect of those words on the reader. (This annotation contains a video)
The author's word choice creates a _____ tone in this passage. 


Remember that the novel opened with Kira in the field with her mother who had passed away. As you continue reading, pay close attention to the the interactions between the members in the community. What is the sense of community created by these interactions?  
Based on what you have read so far, describe the culture of the village where Kira lives. Your response should provide vivid details using at least two examples from the text. 
Dystopian societies are imaginary places characterized by oppressive or extremely bad conditions. Watch the video to learn more about how dystopian societies can come in various forms. (This annotation contains a video)


Based on what you know about the village, why would it be surprising that the Council Edifice is described as splendid? 
Watch the video to review the literary technique foreshadowing. How do you think Kira's strength may be revealed as you continue reading the novel? (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer about Katrina focusing on the strength of Kira's grip even though her leg was twisted? 
How do you think hearing these words made Kira feel? Why do you think she would want to stay in the village knowing how the others feel about her? 
Which emotion would best describe what Kira is feeling about being appointed a defender? 
Before you continue reading, what do you think the appointed defender will say on Kira's behalf? Do you think he will sincerely try to defend her? 


Remember the previous video about foreshadowing. What do you think may be revealed by the connection between Jamison and Kira's father? 
What can you infer about the council's role in the village based on Jamison's knowledge of Kira's work at the weaving shed? 
After viewing the video to learn about characterization, think about Matt and what his actions reveal about him. (This annotation contains a video)
Using at least two examples from the text, provide a detailed description of Kira's village. In your description, reflect on the relationships between the villagers and the overall sense of community. Make sure to use complete thoughts and complete sentences. 
What do you think the council's decision for Kira will be?  
What literary technique would best describe the highlighted sentence? 


Reflecting on the definition of dystopia, how does this statement provide proof of the village as a dystopian society. 
The highlighted statement is an example of what type of figurative language? 
Based on what you have read so far, who is the primary caretaker for the children in the village? How are the children treated by the caretakers? 
Because Camilla had broken her arm, what did the woman say would probably happen? 


The highlighted statement can be used as additional evidence of a dystopian society. 
What can you infer about Jamison's reaction to the news that Matt is waiting on the steps for Kira? 
Watch the video to review the literary term imagery. Can you find examples of imagery in Kira's description of the room? (This annotation contains a video)
Using examples of imagery from the text, provide a detailed description contrasting Kira's cott to her new room. Your response should be at least one paragraph using complete sentences and complete thoughts. 
What tone do you think the author is trying to create based on the choice of words? What are your feelings towards Kira at this point? 
Which response would best describe the feeling that the cloth gives Kira? 


What room was Kira describing? Why would she not know what the room is used for? 
What was Thomas's gift that was noticed by the council when he was young? 
What do you think Jamison means by this statement? Do you think that Kira's role in the future of the village may be more than she realizes? 
Quiz 1 


What did Matt mean when he said filched? 
Matt's comment gives another example of the specific gender roles in the village. Why do you think gender roles were an important part of the community? 
How do you think Annabella know Kira's mom? 
Below is a picture of an embroidery that has been threaded with various colors of dyed threads. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Annabella mean by knowledge? Describe Kira's knowledge and why it is special to the Council of Guardians. Use at least two examples for the text to support your response. 
Why do you think there is no blue in the village? What would prevent a villager from going to find blue? 


Why would Kira possibly see Vandara if she goes to her old cott? 
Based on Vandara's sarcastic question, do you think she knows of Kira's role and life at the Edifice? 
Which definition of staff most closely matches how it is used in this sentence? 
Jamison's urgency is due to the Gathering ceremony, which would be held soon.  
Why are there only men preparing for the upcoming hunt? 


Why do you think the village men acted this way to prepare for a hunt? Based on what you have read, is this behavior far from the usual behavior in the village? 
What was Matt insinuating when he said he was Mattie? 
Matt is from the Fen. This is the area of the village which is considered to be the lower class. How are Matt's actions reflective of the culture of the Fen? 
Both Kira and Thomas have items that comfort them. Describe both items using details from the text. Include specific information about how the item came about and its function in Kira's and Thomas's life.  


Why do you think Annabella would laugh at Kira being afraid of the beasts? 
What point is Annabella trying to make to Kira?  
Do you have any thoughts about who would have been making noises in the woods to scare Kira and why they were doing it? Why would it be beneficial for the villagers to be afraid of going into the woods? 
Which response would is the best antonym for skeptically? 


What is the awareness that Kira now has? What does this new knowledge mean as far as the Council, the village, and everything that Kira has known.  
Based on Kira's thoughts about the color blue, what can you infer about the place where Annabella said blue could be found? 
Before reading on, if Thomas heard a child, who might the child be?  
What did Matt mean by his comment? 


For the most part, Kira and Thomas seem comfortable with their living arrangements. Why do you think they feel like they cannot freely explore the building? 
Why do you think Thomas comes to this realization before the others? 
Notice Jamison's response to Kira. He tells her that she should be afraid, but she'll be fine as long as she stays on the path. What bigger purpose does this serve for the Council of Guardians? 
How is this in contrast to what Jamison has just said about Annabella? 


How does this comment relate to Kira and Thomas and their gifts? 
To what Field is Matt referring? 
Can you think of a reason that Annabella's death seems odd? Is there anything that has occurred to make her death suspicious? 
Why had the three of them been tiptoeing down these stairs the day before? 
What does this comment make you believe about how the little girl is being treated?  


Which word below is the best example of a synonym for grimace? 
Think back to the comment Matt made to Kira about someone giving Annabella something. Now, Kira is wondering how anyone knew to look for Annabella. Do you think Annabella's death is suspicious? Why would someone want to take her life? 
The knowledges that they are speaking of is another way to describe the special _____ that they all have. 
Do you agree with Thomas that the trade off for their talents is worth it for better supplies and living arrangements? 


Why do you think Kira believes they should bring their special items with them? 
What had happened to Jo's mom? 
Describe the difference between the work Kira, Thomas, and Jo are doing for the Council and the work done on their own without directives from others.Use textual evidence to support your response. 
What does this comment mean? How has Kira's freedom been taken? 
Quiz 2 


What did they not want him distracted from doing? 
Is this comment meant to be positive or negative? How do you think the woman now feels about Kira? 
What is the it to which Kira is referring? 
Do the villagers who live in the Fen seem to be helpful to others? 
Describe how the people in the Fen do not help others without expecting to receive something in return. Provide at least two examples from the text to support your response. 
Where did Matt get this idea? What was he trying to show Kira? 


The change in the villagers show they believe the Gathering is an important ceremony.  
Why do you think the little girl has stopped crying? 
Review the list of places with the text reformatted. Bogota Baltimore Toronto too now goneā€¦ Do these places sound familiar? Do you think the novel is set in the past or the future? 
Based on what you have learned about the song, what would you say is the overall tone of the song? 


The Gathering is a ceremony that villagers attend to hear the singer tell about their history. Do you know of any rituals or ceremonies that are like this today? Do you think it's important to know the details of your community's history? 
What trial is Kira thinking about? 
What do you think this comment means? How can someone create the future? 
The author uses words to appeal to the readers' sense of hearing. This literary technique is called _____. 


Watch the video to learn about tension. How does the author use the description of the song along with the discovery of "something" lurking through the crowd to create tension? (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Kira so excited to see Matt in the audience?  
Before reading on, predict what you think Matt has brought back for Kira. 
What did Matt mean about the people being broken? 


Why do you think Kira is so upset about what she has seen around the singer's ankles? 
Why is Kira so fascinated with the color of the man's shirt? 
Before you continue reading, make a prediction about the identity of the man. 
What had Kira been told about the absence of her father? 


Her father confirms what Annabella had stated. Who do you think is responsible for making villagers afraid of the beasts? Why would they want the villagers to fear the beasts? 
Which word is the best synonym for the word envious? 
How does Christopher's new community differ from the village?  
To what incident is Kira's father referring?  
To whom do you think Christopher is referring, and why do you think they would want to kill him? 
How is this different from the story the villagers believed about Vandara's scar? 


Had Kira's and Thomas's gifts led them to good things or bad things? Would it be worth it for you to live in the Edifice just because the council wanted to use your gifts? 
Most would consider an artist's talent to be a gift that would be used for good. Did the council capture the children and use their gifts for good or bad? Use a minimum of two examples from the text to support your response. 
Why do you think that Matt mentions the broken people of the village to Kira? 
Do you think the village will change for the better? How big will Kira's role be in this change? 
Quiz 3