Warriors #4: Rising Storm

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Fire alone can save our clan...

Fireheart's traitorous enemy Tigerclaw has been vanquished and exiled from ThunderClan—but Fireheart can't shake the feeling that he's lurking out there in the forest, waiting for the chance to strike.

That's not the only problem facing the young ThunderClan deputy in these blazing summer months, as he struggles to handle ominous omens, a disrespectful apprentice with a shocking secret, and a devastated Clan leader who is a shell of her former self.

Meanwhile the forest gets hotter and hotter . . . and everyone braces for the coming storm. . . .

Curriculet Details
44 Questions
40 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in the fifth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining foreshadowing, plot and conflict. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about in medias-ras and suspense. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of loyalty, grief, and leadership. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Have you noticed that all the Warrior books start right in the middle of a scene? This is called in medias res. Please watch the video for more information about this, and then think about why the author chooses to start all her novels this way?  (This annotation contains a video)
What do the Clan cats rely on for answers to their situations? 

Chapter 1

It looks like Cloudpaw has developed a nasty attitude. He talks back to Fireheart and seems to think he knows more than his mentor. Arrogance can get someone into trouble. Let's hope Cloudpaw learns some humility before something terrible happens. 
Inferring is when you have to "read between the lines." The author has given you some information, but hasn't come right out and said something. What can you infer from the highlighted section about how Darkstripe feels about Fireheart? 
Brightpaw is a new addition to the apprentices, but she is showing that she behaves quite differently than Cloudpaw. What are the differences in their reaction to their training? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2

Please list and summarize all the ways "the woods are not as safe as they once were" according to Whitestorm. Use examples from the highlighted text to support your response. 
Fireheart is facing a tremendous number of challenges. He is dealing with a leader who is afraid to lead, an apprentice who won't listen and he isn't even sure he is up to the task of deputy. That's a lot of challenges!  
What does the word seethed mean in the highlighted sentence? 
What does the highlighted sentence sound like? Have you ever heard the saying "don't judge a book by its cover" or "It's what is on the inside that counts?" Fireheart needs to remember that cats once judged him for being a kittypet, when he knew there was a warrior inside of him. Do you think a theme is emerging? Keep on the lookout for more examples. 
The story is being told from Fireheart's perspective for the most part. What point of view narration is this called? 

Chapter 3

Conflict doesn't always mean you are fighting with someone else. Fighting would be an example of man vs.man conflict. Fireheart is in conflict with himself, which is an example of man v. self. Both types can have consequences and both need resolving. How will Fireheart resolve his personal conflict? What would you do? 
Describe the differences between the Bluestar in her den with Fireheart, and the Bluestar during the naming ceremony for the apprentice kits. Do you think the Clan suspects that she is not acting like herself? 

Chapter 4

Fireheart has had dreams before and many of them have come true. But none of them have included Spottedleaf turning away from Fireheart. Do you think this is foreshadowing something? If you have forgotten what foreshadowing is, please watch the video below and think about what this dream could be telling the reader? (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Fireheart agree to accompany Bluestar to Moonstone and share dreams with StarClan? Remember to go back and look at the text. Two of the answers may be correct, but one is more correct than the other. 
Do you remember why Cinderpelt has doubt? Losing Silverstream under her care was a tremendous blow to the apprentice medicine cat. While it sounds like Yellowfang is being mean, perhaps she is trying to give her some tough love. The characters in this book are complex - meaning they are realistic and show both sides of themselves: the good and the not so good.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 5

What does the word "dappled" mean in the highlighted sentence?  
Based on Bluestar's conversation in the highlighted section, what does Fireheart begin to think about or infer about Bluestar? 
This highlighted sentence contains figurative language. "...As stifling as a sick cat..." is an example of a simile. A simile is a comparison of two similar objects using like or as. It helps to paint a more vivid picture in the reader's mind. Can you imagine the wind as the breath of sick cat?  

Chapter 6

What do you think? Do you believe StarClan is angry with ThunderClan or is it merely just a series of unfortunate encounters with other clans? Give evidence to support your answer. 
Cloudpaw doesn't seem to want to follow the warrior's code. Fireheart threatening him with not receiving warrior name and becoming a warrior was the only thing that made him hesitate. How on earth will Fireheart help Cloudpaw learn to become a true ThunderClan cat? 

Chapter 7

Why does the sight of Bramblekit give Fireheart apprehension? 
Some of the other members of ThunderClan have noticed that Bluestar isn't acting exactly like herself. Now that they are at the Gathering, do you think it will show to the other Clan leaders? 
What is the tone of the conversation between Leopardfur and Fireheart in the highlighted section? 
The details from the highlighted section suggest what about ThunderClan's feelings about Tigerclaw? 

Chapter 8

As all the Clan cats rely on omens and dreams to guide their daily lives, Fireheart continues to dream of unpleasant things. He dreams of an omen of an owl dangerously close to attacking cats he can't identify. Is this more foreshadowing? You can only read on to find out! 
Compare Fireheart's treatment and questioning of the two young cats from ShadowClan from the treatment and questioning from the other ThunderClan's cats. How would you describe each? Which one do you agree with? 
Re-read the highlighted section, and identify the conflicting feelings Fireheart has towards the two sick ShadowClan cats. Choose the correct contrasting emotions below. 

Chapter 9

What do you think the tunnel is? It sounds like it could be a storm sewer run-off drain tunnel located under roads. Fireheart and Sandstorm have discovered a new way across the Thunderpath that could reduce the danger. It may look like the photo below.  (This annotation contains an image)
What literary device is used in the highlighted section? 
Oh no. Are you getting an idea of where Cloudpaw is getting his food? He might not be hunting at all... 

Chapter 10

Remember we talked about emerging themes during the last book? Secrets, lies and dishonesty appears to be an unfortunate theme in this book too. Fireheart has his reasons, but probably wishes he didn't have to lie. Would you have lied to Princess in the same situation? 
What is meant by the phrase "with a heavy heart?" 
Summarize all the things Cloudpaw has done that has saddened, angered and disappointed Firepaw regarding his behavior. Use examples from the text to support your answer. 
Fleas are a nuisance for forest cats, as well as kittypets. They are insects without wings that feed on the blood of mammals like cats and dogs. Hmmm...how do forest cats get rid of fleas?  (This annotation contains an image)
Sometimes knowing parts of words can help you figure out the meaning of unknown words. Let's see if we can figure out the meaning of the word malicious in the highlighted sentence. The first part of the word is mal, which means bad. The last half of the word is ous which means having or full of. Now, knowing the parts of the word, what do you think malicious means? 
Quiz: Chapters 1 - 10 

Chapter 11

Fireheart still has compassion, but it looks as though he is also thinking as the deputy of ThunderClan. He thinks of others and the possible risk the two cats pose to the Clan. Everyday Fireheart is growing into his deputy position. 
Which part of the highlighted sentence is an example of personification? 

Chapter 12

Where could Cloudpaw had gone? First, he could have gone with an animal control officer. Second, it could have been the Twoleg family taking him to the vet. Since the family had been letting him into the house and feeding him, perhaps they thought he was now their pet. To think of it from a cat's perspective is very interesting. Maybe the strays we pick up don't actually want to become family pets... 
What is it about Bluestar's behavior makes Fireheart not want to tell her about Cloudpaw? Look back at the highlighted text if you have trouble remembering. 

Chapter 13

This type of lichen is a hanging plant. It resembles long green hair. Below is a picture of it. Can you now imagine Fireheart pushing it aside to enter Bluestar's den? (This annotation contains an image)
There is some figurative language in the highlighted sentence. Specifically, there is a metaphor used by the author. Choose the metaphor from the phrases below. 
Fireheart has been awfully distracted by lots of challenging situations to notice Sandpaw's attention. If the whole Clan knows that she likes him, it must have been very obvious. But the real question is: does Fireheart like her too? Hmmmm...  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 14

The details in the highlighted section suggest that Fireheart may be 
Churlish is an unusual word. It means to be rude in a mean-spirited way. Everyone from time-to-time can be "churlish" - even Fireheart. Luckily, he realizes what he is doing and changes his attitude. Whitestorm seems to be an ally to Fireheart and he needs all the allies he can get.  
Wow! What a surprise! Finally Graystripe and Fireheart are back together. Don't you just love the way this author keeps giving all these unexpected plot twists? With every chapter it seems like something crazy happens. Can you list all the things that have surprised you in this book so far? 
When characters change over the course of a story, they are considered dynamic characters. Watch the video below to learn more about dynamic and static characters. Then, think about Fireheart and Graystripe. What kind of characters are each of them? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 15

What is the feeling back in ThunderClan camp now that Fireheart has returned? 
Cinderpelt and Firepaw bicker like brother and sister. Even though Yellowfang hinted that there could be something more going on - both of them understand their friendship. It's nice to have friends that you can trust and feel totally comfortable being yourself around. Good for Cinderpelt and Fireheart!  (This annotation contains an image)
Who really killed Runningwind? 

Chapter 16

How do Fireheart and the ThunderClan warriors finally begin to win the battle with Tigerclaw and the rogue cats? 

Chapter 17

This is another example of Fireheart's compassion for all cats. He is living up to his name -- he does have a heart. Even though it is not his Clan, Fireheart still feels bad for another cat's death. (This annotation contains an image)
Wow! That is quite a statement from Cinderpelt. What would you have done? Would you have killed Tigerclaw or sent him away? Please use reasons to support your answer. 

Chapter 18

This sentence is unnerving. It's hard to tell what the author means by using the word "glittering." Does she mean that Darkstripe has something sinister planned or is it just the ongoing irritation between Darkstripe and Fireheart? Either way, it is creating suspense. As a reader, you just don't know how it is going to turn out. (This annotation contains an image)
What bothers Fireheart most about his former apprentices? 
How many black cats do we know? If Fireheart recognizes the cat, we know it's a cat we have met before. Do you have any idea who it is? Also, notice how the author builds suspense by ending the chapter before revealing the name of the unknown cat. This keeps the reader on edge and wanting to read more. 

Chapter 19

Why has Ravenpaw sought out his old friend and denmate Fireheart? 
Do you remember way back in the first book when Fireheart was a kittypet named Rusty? He and the other kittypet named Smudge talked about cats going to the vet and then coming back different. Could this have happened to Cloudpaw? Now, the author has created more suspense and, as a reader, you have to find out what has happened to Cloudpaw. 
Read the highlighted passage and then identify the phrase that contains a simile. Remember a simile is a comparison that uses "like" or "as." 

Chapter 20

Just another example of how untrusting all the cats are of other Clans and cats. After the Tigerclaw attack, no cat knows who is truly safe to trust. 
Why is Fireheart approaching the Twoleg house so cautiously? 
Quiz: Chapters 11 - 20 

Chapter 21

Warrior cats need to be very flexible and limber for all their hunting and patrolling activities. Have you ever seen a cat get up from a sleep or when they have been all curled up and stretch their legs? Watch below to see how a kittypet cat stretches. Warrior and kittypet cats alike all do this to keep their muscles flexible.  (This annotation contains a video)
What emotion has Fireheart NOT felt towards his apprentice lately? 
Cloudpaw tells the cats of ThunderClan many details of his experience in a Twoleg nest. What detail surprises them the most? 

Chapter 22

Bluestar's erratic behavior continues to worry Fireheart. She goes between making confident, leader-type decisions and doubting her judgement leaving Fireheart to run the camp. This is evidence of Bluestar being a complicated, complex character. It's hard to tell if this is the way Bluestar will stay or if she will be able to snap out of it. 
Describe the differences between Cloudpaw's training session with Fireheart with his previous ones before he was stolen by the Twolegs. 

Chapter 23

Here, the author is using a combination of figurative language devices: a metaphor and personification. The metaphor is the fire as "orange tongues" and the personification is the stretching of those tongues. It makes for a strong image of the fire doesn't it? 

Chapter 24

Choose the ironic situation that Fireheart faced from the choices below. 
Watch the video below on situational irony.  (This annotation contains a video)
While some animals have become accustomed to living in fire-prone areas, these cats are not used to these situations. The dry conditions and extreme heat lead to the spread of this fire. The smoke is very dangerous to the cats. But, they, like most animals, have the instinctual drive to flee which will save most of them. 

Chapter 25

What clan comes to ThunderClan's rescue to help everyone across the river? 
When something unexpected happens in a story, you need to stop and ask yourself "how might this change things?" How might RiverClan allowing ThunderClan stay in their camp change things? 

Chapter 26

Why is it so surprising that Dustpelt stood up and defended Fireheart to Darkstripe? 

Chapter 27

Why was Fireheart shocked when Graystripe said he would have to ask permission before accompanying him to the ThunderClan camp? 
Below is a picture of what ThunderClan territory may have looked like after the fire. (This annotation contains an image)
What secret does Yellowfang reveal to Fireheart before she dies? 

Chapter 28

This statement shows Fireheart's respect for the medicine cat and for the traditions of the warrior code. He has come a long way since his kittypet days. He seems like he is growing into his role of deputy of ThunderClan. 
Why did Bluestar react in such a cold and aggressive manner towards Graystripe's offer to help and stay with ThunderClan? 
Bluestar has lost faith in StarClan. She believes that they are responsible for all the death and grief ThunderClan is experiencing. She has turned from a grief-stricken, lost leader into an angry, bitter leader. How do you think this will affect ThunderClan? 
What challenges is Fireheart facing now that Bluestar may have turned her back on the rituals of StarClan? 

Chapter 29

Can regret really tug at your belly? Again, the author is using a literary device to help the reader picture what she is trying to communicate. Watch the video below and then identify the literary device the author is using.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is the plan Fireheart and Whitestorm develop in order to protect the Clan? 
Fireheart unites all the ThunderClan cats in Bluestar's absence. The clan is in agreement that ThunderClan must attend to show their strength. Below is a picture that could represent his meeting. Can you identify some of the cats based on the color of their coats and their demeanor? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 30

Can air in the clearing be heavy? Can you feel the weight of air? Again, this is an example of the author using figurative language. This is a good example of imagery. Imagery is when the author paints a picture using vivid language - often with the five senses. Can you just feel and smell the image the author is painting with words? 
What surprising news does ShadowClan bring to the Gathering? 
Quiz: Chapters 21 - 30