Warriors #3: Forest of Secrets

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Allegiances are shifting among the Clans of warrior cats that roam the forest. With tensions so delicately balanced, former friends can become enemies overnight, and some cats are willing to kill to get what they want.

Fireheart is determined to find out the truth about the mysterious death of brave ThunderClan warrior Redtail. But as he searches for answers, he uncovers secrets that some believe would be better left hidden.

Curriculet Details
51 Questions
51 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in the fifth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining suspense, plot and situational irony. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about dynamic and static characters and tension. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of secrets, allegiance, and power. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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While a snow-covered scene can be beautiful, it can also be quite brutal -- especially for cats in the wild. The majority of their prey disappears. Many kits do not survive the leaf-bare. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Oakheart's explanation for the unexpected kits that he brings to Graypool? 

Chapter 1

Why couldn't all the ThunderClan cats go out to hunt and bring home prey? Search the highlighted paragraph for the answer. 
Tigerclaw does not know why Fireheart let the RiverClan cat go. As readers, we know it is because the RiverClan cat is actually Graystripe's love. When a reader knows something that a character does not, it's called dramatic irony. As a reader, you want to blurt it out, but that wouldn't really be good for Fireheart. 
Sharing tongues sounds a little strange doesn't it? But it isn't strange in the cat world. It's a way to bond and show affection. It's nice to see Graystripe and Fireheart sharing tongues again. We call it "grooming" in the human world. Cats will not only groom other cats, but other animals as well. Watch the short video below of a cat grooming a bunny! (This annotation contains a video)
Graystripe is willing to risk trouble for himself by going with Fireheart to talk to Ravenpaw. What does this detail reveal about Graystripe? 
A flashback is a literary device used by an author to help tell the backstory of a situation or a character. Watch the video below and then think about why the author uses many flashbacks in the upcoming section. (This annotation contains a video)
Fireheart needs to go and see Ravenpaw. Please explain why he is going to see him and summarize the situation that led to Ravenpaw leaving the ThunderClan. 

Chapter 2

Ravenpaw has always been a good friend to Fireheart. He probably feels grateful to him for helping him escape from Tigerclaw. How do you think he is going to help Fireheart in this story? (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word "bowled" mean in the highlighted sentence? Remember to use context clues from the whole sentence to figure it out. 
Just like the last book, dishonesty and not telling the whole truth seems to continue. It's hard to know which story Ravenpaw tells is the true one. It makes it hard to believe either one, doesn't it? 
Why do the WindClan cats not mind that Graystripe and Fireheart crossed over onto their territory? 

Chapter 3

Every interaction between Fireheart and Tigerclaw turns contentious. This means that they are always at odds, arguing or just talking aggressively to each other. This man v. man conflict doesn't seem like it will end - especially in light of the information Ravenpaw just shared with Fireheart. (This annotation contains an image)
After rereading the highlighted text, how does Tigerclaw feel about Fireheart? 
Prophecy means prediction. We know that the Clan relies heavily on the stars and the dreams sent from StarClan to the leaders. Doesn't it make you wonder why the dreams happen to Fireheart? Does he have the potential to be a leader someday? 

Chapter 4

Poppy seeds are used by humans mostly in food. Have you ever had a poppy seed muffin or bagel? If someone ate them in really, really large quantities, it might have a pain killing effect on someone. But, it's highly unlikely that anyone would ever consume that much. Cats are smaller and perhaps it doesn't take as many to help with pain.  (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think Fireheart is overreacting about the whole Tigerclaw-disloyalty-thing? Is he making it up in his mind or do you think his fears are real? Support your response with examples from the story. 
Tension is created when an author puts obstacles and problems in the way of the characters. Just in this scene alone, Fireheart and Graystripe face potential issues with the RiverClan cat carrying prey and then the group of four cats leaving the camp. As a reader, you don't know what is going to happen and you must read on to find out. 
It looks like Graystripe isn't the only one to confide in someone about his romance with Silverstream. Who did she confide in? 
Plot is the sequence of events that make up a story. This particular story has so many plot twists to keep it from being predictable. Oakheart being Mistyfoot's father was unexpected, but even more unexpected was finding out Stonefur was her brother. Fireheart's suspicions about Tigerclaw have become even more complicated. A good plot will do that - keep you guessing. 

Chapter 5

Which statement best describes Cloudkit at the meeting? 
Below is what Mousefur might look like. Wouldn't you like a mentor with the description Bluestar gave?  (This annotation contains an image)
A glade is an open space surrounded by woods. Hopefully nobody sees Fireheart and Graystripe meet the RiverClan cats there. Below is a picture of a glade in the forest.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does Mistyfoot feel about Graystripe and Fireheart? 
Who do you think these kits belong to in ThunderClan? What cat could possibly have been their mother? Give a good reason for your choice. 

Chapter 6

Graypool, although older, seems like a feisty cat. She has some spirit in her yet. Below is a picture of what Graypool might look like. (This annotation contains an image)
"Meow" is such an interesting word. It is an example of onomatopoeia. That is just a fancy term meaning that the word sounds like the sound it makes when you say it. Other examples of onomatopeia are shown in the video below. Can you think of any others on your own?  (This annotation contains a video)
How does Bluestar react to the information Fireheart shares with her about Tigerclaw and the two kits found out in the wild many years ago? 

Chapter 7

In his prime, Brokentail was a fierce, ferocious warrior and leader. But since being blinded, he is now a pathetic shadow of his former self. It kind of makes you feel bad for him. Fireheart feels "a scrap of pity" and stops Cloudkit from taunting him. This shows how the author has created some complex characters. No one is all good or all bad. Very real - don't you think? 
What is Cloudkit now finding out from Fireheart? 
How are Cinderpaw and Cloudkit alike? 
Do you remember when Bluestar was worried about Cinderpaw's "eagerness?" Now, Fireheart is starting to see the same trait in his sister's kit. Cloudkit was so "eager" to eat the berries he found - he almost died. Let's hope that Fireheart can stop anything dangerous Cloudkit might do. 

Chapter 8

Why is Graystripe never in the ThunderClan camp? 
Cats are excellent predators with their sense of smell, eyesight and quickness. Below is what Brackenpaw might look like - alert and ready to stalk his prey.  (This annotation contains an image)
Badgers can be ferocious and relentless when hunting. Below is a picture of a badger. You wouldn't want to see this out on a walk would you?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Yellowfang so gentle with the blind Brokentail? 

Chapter 9

A poultice is a soft moist mass containing medication that will help with inflammation and infection. Horses are sometimes treated with poultices when they have a wound. 
As narrator of the story, Fireheart helps us to understand Tigerclaw by 

Chapter 10

Crows are typically scavengers. They will eat whatever they can find and will often eat dead animals and roadkill. So when Fireheart talks about crowfood, he is probably talking about the smell of rotting animals.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does Tigerclaw treat Fireheart? Use two details from the text to support your answer. 
Quiz Chapters: 1 -10 

Chapter 11

How confusing it must be for Fireheart! He is finding it difficult to read how Bluestar feels about the RiverClan cats because she goes from cold anger to "hot glow" while talking about them. Fireheart suspects there is more to the story than he knows. Do you agree? 
It doesn't seem to matter what Fireheart does - Tigerclaw seems to be annoyed or displeased with him. Below is a picture of Tigerclaw. Can you imagine him looking at Fireheart with that attitude? (This annotation contains an image)
When Fireheart thinks "...if StarClan was kind..." what does he mean by this? 

Chapter 12

How does Fireheart care for the drowned kits? 
Is your heart still beating fast? This is tension - when a scene causes you to have an emotional reaction. The conflict between Fireheart and the river creates that tension. Watch the video below and think about how the author creates the tension in this scene. (This annotation contains a video)
Why do Fireheart and Graystripe have to follow the RiverClan cats to their camp? 
Fireheart is living up to his name. Unlike some cats, he thinks of other Clans and the trouble they face. He seems to have a heart full of compassion - first, risking his life for the kits and now, to hunt for RiverClan. Kind of makes you admire Fireheart a little bit more, eh? 

Chapter 13

How does Fireheart feel about hunting for RiverClan prey, as well as completing his own duties for ThunderClan? Use one detail from the text to support your answer. 
Are you nervous for Fireheart and Graystripe? It just feels so dangerous every time they cross the river. Do you think this will remain a secret or do you think they will eventually get caught? 

Chapter 14

How does Fireheart feel about Graystripe and Silverstream having their own kits? 
Cloudkit has, once again, done something he should not have done and gets Fireheart into trouble. Maybe it wasn't a good idea to bring Princess' kit into the clan. What do you think? 
The major contrast between Tigerclaw and Bluestar's reaction to Graystripe and Fireheart's mission to RiverClan's territory was what? 

Chapter 15

Gorse is a yellow-flowering shrub with spines on its branches. Below is a picture of a branch of a gorse shrub.  (This annotation contains an image)
Fireheart believes that it "wasn't fair that he had to keep sorting out Cloudkit as well." Do you agree or disagree with Fireheart? Use details from the story to support your answer. 
Fireheart is beginning to have some doubts about Tigerclaw. Perhaps he isn't the traitorous deputy he once thought he was. This is an example of a possible dynamic character. Watch the video below and think about how Tigerclaw could be a dynamic character. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 16

Based on the highlighted paragraph, what is the mood the author creates with the description in the forest? 
Do you think Tigerclaw sent Fireheart out to test the branches on purpose because he knew it wouldn't hold? Why or why not? 

Chapter 17

This brings new meaning to the saying cats have nine lives. So many times, Fireheart has just skirted death. But, as we already know, only Clan leaders have nine lives. Below is a picture of a river flooded. Can you imagine Fireheart clinging to branches and his life?  (This annotation contains an image)
What is ironic (not what you expect) about Tigerclaw stating that Fireheart was "brave but foolish" for trying to cross the river? 
Wow! A compliment from Yellowfang. While she may seem grouchy and unfriendly, underneath it all she really has a soft spot for both Cinderpaw and Fireheart. (This annotation contains an image)
How does the last paragraph contribute to your understanding of the story? 

Chapter 18

Voles are small rodents like mice. They sort of look like a cross between a mouse, a gerbil and a hamster. Below is a picture of a vole. Can you picture one of these in a little cage and running in one of those hamster wheels?  (This annotation contains an image)
What is meant by the expression "their luck might hold"? 
Here is another example of foreshadowing. Willowpelt is hinting that this is not going to be a pleasant meeting. Do you think she is right? 

Chapter 19

The cats believe that StarClan communicates with them during the Gathering. Please reread the highlighted section and describe what this communication is and cite examples from the text. 
Why are the other Clans upset with Bluestar? 
So it looks like the compassion Graystripe and Fireheart extended to RiverClan is now beginning to pay off. This seems to be another emerging theme - compassion. Keep on the lookout for more examples as you continue to read. 
What is the tone of this highlighted section? 

Chapter 20

Fireheart being forced to attack and fight Morningflower, after helping to carry her kits back to WindClan's camp, is an example of situational irony. Watch the video below to learn more about this literary device. As you continue to read, look for more examples of situational irony during the battle.  (This annotation contains a video)
Who unexpectedly sticks up for Bluestar when Darkstripe disrespectfully questions her decision to harbor Brokentail? 
Quiz Chapters 11 - 20 

Chapter 21

Fireheart feels some pride watching Brackenpaw being named a warrior, since he had to take over Brackenpaw's training when Graystripe was ill and then again when he was disappearing to meet Silverstream. Hopefully, Fireheart will receive a new apprentice soon.  
When Fireheart runs back to fetch Yellowfang, she is off gathering supplies. What literary device is at play here? 
Oh no. This is so sad and tragic. Fireheart's dream is coming true. He foreshadowed a faceless mother leaving her kits.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 22

Do you think any mother cats will take on Graystripe and Silverstream's kits? If they were to refuse, what could be a possible reason they could give? 
While it is understandable that Cinderpaw would blame herself for Silverstream's death, Yellowfang gives her good advice. It's the same for EMT's and firefighters and nurses and doctors. You will lose patients. But, you must learn from it and go forward. There will always be more people to take care and you can only do your best -- no more. 

Chapter 23

Why did Fireheart stare at Bluestar in disbelief? 
Fireheart's dreams were both a flashback and a flash forward - both a memory and a prediction. Very clever of the author to use this situation in this way. 
Fireheart and Graystripe are the best of friends. Wouldn't you want your best friend to help you out if you were in a situation you couldn't find a way out of?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 24

Which statement serves to reassure the young RiverClan cat when he finds Fireheart in their territory? 
Telling the story from Fireheart's point of view allows the author to share many different storylines with the reader such as Bluestar's secret and Cinderpaw's accident. If the story was told from another perspective - such as Graystripe's - the novel would not be as interesting and varied. Watch the video below on point of view and think about how the story would change if it was told from Tigerclaw's perspective. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Graystripe spending so much time in the nursery with his kits? What is he afraid of? 
Which cats did not congratulate Cloudpaw on his apprenticeship? 

Chapter 25

The word humility is a sophisticated word. It comes from the word humble, which means to be courteous and respectful and not being proud or arrogant. Can you think of a time when Cloudpaw was NOT humble? (This annotation contains an image)
According to the details in the highlighted sentence, what time of day is it? 

Chapter 26

It must be very difficult for Bluestar to keep her secret about her kits. While Mistyfoot and Stonefur are no longer kits, as a mother, Bluestar probably will always think of them that way. Below is a picture of Bluestar with her children. Do you notice the resemblance?  (This annotation contains an image)
It must be difficult to be a Clan leader. Bluestar has to balance the needs of Graystripe along with the danger of RiverClan attacking in order to get the kits. She has a lot to think about before the next Gathering. What would you do if you were Bluestar?  (This annotation contains an image)
How does Fireheart feel about Cinderpaw going to Highstones for the apprentice ceremony? 
The author choosing to tell the story through primarily third-person limited point of view only allows us to view things through Fireheart's eyes. If she had used third-person omniscient point-of-view, we would have been able to experience what Cinderpaw had gone through during the Medicine cat ceremony. Are you curious? Do you want to know what has Cinderpaw looking raptured? 

Chapter 27

Fireheart's suspicions about Tigerclaw's loyalty seems to be coming true. Summarize all the reasons Fireheart does not trust Tigerclaw. 
Below is a picture of a wounded Brokentail. Isn't it interesting Tigerclaw can't be found? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 28

He was right! Fireheart was right! Tigerclaw has been disloyal to ThunderClan and wants Bluestar dead so that he can lead the Clan. Why is this so surprising since we had suspected it all along? A good author knows how to keep each character complicated. No one is all good or all bad. It's difficult to figure out how it will all turn out. Let's hope Fireheart can drive Tigerclaw and the rogue cats away! 
Which cat seemed most shocked and surprised by Tigerclaw's disloyalty and how he turned on his Clan? 
The mood in the ThunderClan camp is very depressing. The unthinkable has happened - Tigerclaw is not who everyone thought he was. It is almost too much for Bluestar to bear. And then in a way, you feel sorry for Tigerclaw. This is more evidence that the author has created complex characters. 
How did Tigerclaw expect the Clan to accept them as leader when Bluestar died? 
Even Tigerclaw's supporters won't follow him out of ThunderClan. What is the reason they won't go with Tigerclaw? 

Chapter 29

The fact that Cloudkit isn't afraid to stand up to a larger warrior, as an apprentice, shows that he might make a great warrior someday. Fear can be an obstacle to a warrior and Cloudkit seems to have little of it. 
Summarize the reasons that Yellowfang decides to give Brokentail deathberries. Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
Wow! Another unexpected twist in the story. Fireheart is named deputy of ThunderClan by Bluestar. Since all of Fireheart's dreams have come true, as a reader, you probably recognized the foreshadowing by the author. How do you think Fireheart will do as deputy? 

Chapter 30

What does the word "omen" mean in the highlighted sentence? 
Bluestar is starting to act like herself -- the leader of ThunderClan. By telling the RiverClan cats that ThunderClan will fight to keep the kits, she is inviting conflict. Please watch the video below to learn about the different types of conflict. What type of conflict is ThunderClan facing?  (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted sentence helps to create what literary device in the story? 
The highlighted sentence helps to create what literary device in the story? 
Quiz Chapters: 21 - 30