The Gathering

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Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.

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Designed for students in 9th and 10th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining the inspirational power of nature on an individual, the importance of setting, and methods of characterization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about the types of conflict and mood and tone. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of love, individuality, and friendship. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Prologue

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Based on their dialogue, which of the following best describes Maya and Serena's relationship?  
The Navajo are the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. Over three-quarters of the Navajo population live in Arizona and New Mexico.  
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What is the purpose of the author's use of italics?  
The author's use of repetition mimics the repeated action of the character. 
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The captain of the swim team drowning is an example of which type of irony? 

One

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Which literary device is being used here to help make the setting come to life?  
The Haida are an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, including British Columbia in Canada and southeast Alaska. Here you can see the logo of the Council of the Haida Nation. (This annotation contains a link)
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Describe Maya's relationship with animals. Cite evidence from the text to support your answer. 
The author uses onomatopoeia to create sound effects in a paragraph about hearing sounds. Remember that onomatopoeia is a word which imitates the natural sounds of a thing. Words like "barked," "rumble," and "squeaked" are all examples of onomatopoeia.  
Daniel's actions hint that something is amiss with the incident with the lady and Marv. The author may be foreshadowing something important that will happen later in the book. It leaves the reader curious and wanting to continue reading to see what will happen. 

Two

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Compare the setting Maya lives in to a town or city in another book you've read. 
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In this selection, which best illustrates Rafe's archetypal "American Teen Rebel" character? 
Rafe is alluding to a science-fiction movie from 1977, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." As you can see from the movie poster, it is about aliens.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What about Rafe bothers Maya? 

Three

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Corey is most likely a character foil to which other character? 
The author uses Maya's lack of knowledge about what Sam said or did to ignite curiosity in the reader. 
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This sentence is an example of which of the following literary devices?  
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Cite evidence in the text that shows that Maya has a close relationship with her parents.  
This map shows you Vancouver Island. It is the largest island on the western side of North America. The city of Nanaimo is on the island's southeastern coast. (This annotation contains an image)

Four

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Given the importance of the setting, which of the following themes is being developed? 
The setting of Salmon Creek seems to be important, and it is starting to sound like a theme may be emerging. Watch the video below on emerging themes.  (This annotation contains a video)
This Google Maps image shows the causeway between Vancouver Island and Protection Island. You can imagine that it would not be an easy swim. This makes Maya (and the reader) wonder why Serena drowned. (This annotation contains an image)
This map shows the locations of temperate rain forests in the world. They are broad leaf forests that occur in the temperate zone and receive high rainfall.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Maya mean by playing "the cultural card"? 
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Why does Deena's voice sound desperate? 
It looks like Maya's paw print birthmark may be more than just a birthmark. Or is the old woman just crazy? 

Five

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How could Maya's feelings toward her adoption possibly change as she gets older?  
The cougar, also known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, painter, mountain cat, or catamount, is a large cat native to the Americas. (This annotation contains an image)
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Based on the new information we learn about Daniel's character, which of the following best compares Maya and Daniel? 
The parallel structure of this sentence creates a smooth, melodic rhythm as you read it. This reflects the relaxed feeling Maya is experiencing through nature. 
The old woman in the tattoo shop calls Maya a "witch" and now Daniel's dad is calling them "freaks." The author is propelling the curiosity of the reader toward the mystery of the paw print tattoo and the possibilities of its meaning.  
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Which of the following literary techniques is being used here? 
This chapter further develops the character of Daniel. Carlo Gebler, an author, discusses his strategies for character development in this video.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Cite evidence from the text that shows the author furthering the character development of Daniel. What new information do we learn about him in this chapter? 

Six

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What is your opinion? Do you agree with Maya, Serena, one of the other ideas stated here, or something else entirely? Explain your answer. 
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What is the best explanation of what just happened to Maya? 
This is a reference to Greek mythology. Click on the link below for a quick summary of the myth. (This annotation contains a link)
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The short, choppy sentence structure helps to create what tone? 

Seven

A vision quest is a rite of passage in some Native American cultures. The ceremony of the vision quest is one of the most universal and ancient means to find spiritual guidance and purpose. A vision quest can provide deep understanding of one's life purpose. A traditional Native American vision quest consists of a person spending one to four days and nights secluded in nature. This provides time for deep communion with the fundamental forces and spiritual energies of creation and self-identity. During this time of intense spiritual communication a person can receive profound insight into themselves and the world. This insight, typically in the form of a dream of Vision, relates directly to their purpose and destiny in life. 
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Cite evidence from the text that supports Mina Lee calling Salmon Creek an "unusual small town." 
The author writes "wheels" instead of saying "car." This technique is called synecdoche, a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole. 

Eight

Two of the benefits of living in such a small town are they are able to quickly identify outsiders and spread news quickly. This is an important aspect of The Gathering's setting. 
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Do a quick Internet search to identify the character from a classic work of literature that is famous for calling others "phony." 
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Sam and Rafe's relationship best illustrates which literary concept? 

Nine

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What is Maya sarcastically referring to here? 
Watch this book trailer and compare its portrayal of the characters to your own. Did you envision them to look that way or differently?  (This annotation contains a video)
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This is an example of which of the following literary devices? 
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In this scene, Maya is feeling a variety of emotions that could cause her to blush. What are some of the emotions she could be experiencing and why? 

Ten

Maya is clearly still bothered by the old woman calling her a witch despite what she tells her mom, as this simile shows. 
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What does her birthday present tell us about Maya? 
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What negative connotative words can you find in this section describing Hayley that helps to sway the reader to dislike her as Maya does? 
An epitaph is an inscription written on a tombstone in memory of the person who died.  
Here is a picture of a four bedroom modern Victorian house. (This annotation contains an image)

Eleven

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Why did Maya quit the track team last year? 
The X and Y chromosomes determine the sex of a baby. Females have two X chromosomes and males have two distinct chromosomes, XY. Hayley is joking that Maya is secretly a boy.  
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Which character would be Sam's designated bad BOY match? 
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Which literary device is Corey using here? 
Check out the image below to see the process of a rock climber using a belay.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Obviously, the new challenger is Rafe. Do you think Maya would mind kissing him? Why or why not? 

Twelve

Does this change your answer to the question at the end of Chapter 11 at all? 
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What does Daniel's response to Rafe wanting to race Maya say about Daniel? 
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What do you think Rafe mouthed to Maya? Explain your answer. 
In Hopi mythology, the Crow Mother kachina ("kachina" means "spirit") is one of the chief kachinas and is considered the mother of all the spirits. Here is what the Crow Mother spirit looks like.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How is the structure of this paragraph effective? 
This conversation would not be happening if the setting was not in such a remote place. Watch this video in which Kelley Armstrong, the author, talks about the setting of Vancouver Island. (This annotation contains a video)
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How is Rafe acting? 
Quiz on Chapters 1-12 

Thirteen

The wall was a pretty amazing gift from Daniel, Corey, and Brendan. Take a minute to think about the best gift you have either received or given. 
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Compare Rafe's archetype of a mysterious orphan to another book, TV show, or movie. 
Depending on where you grow up, you may call Maya's drink "pop," "soda," "Coke," or something else. Using different terms for the same object is part of a person's DIALECT. Here's a map that shows the different uses around the U.S.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Hayley so mad at Maya? 
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Why is Rafe's comment so appropriate? 

Fourteen

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Why do you think Maya asks Rafe this question first? 
Rafe is an illegal immigrant. This could be problematic for him if he gets caught committing a crime. He must be careful so that he does not get separated from his sister, Annie, whom he cares very much for. 
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How does Maya relieve the heavy conversation for a moment? 
Maya is most likely referring to when she was at the tattoo shop in the city and the old woman called her a witch. 
While the stone, called cat's eye, comes in a variety of colors, the most common color is a yellowish brown, as seen in this picture.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following things is most similar to how Rafe describes Annie? 
Compare the action in this scene with this e.e. Cummings poem. Then answer the questions that follow.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Which of the following is a theme in the poem that helps to illustrate the connection between Maya and Rafe? 
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Which of the following is personified in he poem? 
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What possibilities is the author trying to make you think of in regards to Maya? 
Think of something else that can jump from high places and land on its feet, and Maya's special connection with Fitz and Marv.  
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What is the first instance in this chapter where Maya gives a hint that she is not feeling like herself? 
Just like Maya's! 

Fifteen

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Do you think Rafe spiked Maya's drink with something? Why or why not? What evidence is there in the text for your answer? 
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Which type of conflict is being represented here? 
Watch this video on the different types of conflict, then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What could be the "truth" that Maya is "running away from"? 

Sixteen

The author uses hyperbole here to show how very long it took Maya to face Rafe. 
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Which literary device is employed the most in this paragraph? 
A "blacklist" is a list of people who are being denied a particular privilege, service, recognition, etc. If you "blacklist" someone (using it as a verb), then you are denying that person something or ostracizing him or her. An infamous systematic blacklist was the Hollywood blacklist in 1947 that attempted to purge Hollywood of Communists or those affiliated with the Communist party.  
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Which of the following is the best descriptor of Rafe's tone in this conversation?  
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Which other popular young adult book does this sound similar to? 
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What do you think is going through Maya's head right now? What is she thinking? 

Seventeen

Remember that last time she touched the marten, she had a vision of herself experiencing its injury. 
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If Hayley really is the one who drugged Maya, then she is becoming more of a villain character. Think of another villain in literature and compare the actions of the two. What makes the other villain a villain, and which one is worse to you? 
Maya and Daniel are best friends, but their relationship is perhaps more complicated than we first thought. 
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Which word best describes Daniel in this chapter? 

Eighteen

In today's modern world of eBooks and iTunes, it is rare to have to look up a book using a library's card catalog. Each book in a library has a Dewey decimal number that gives the location of the book in the library. This image shows an example of what a book's card catalog looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
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Make a prediction: What will be on the page in the book that Mina Lee has directed them to? 
Fun fact: Starbucks started in Seattle, Washington. Its name, inspired by Moby Dick, evokes the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Instead of directly stating the tone in which the old woman says this with an adjective, the author gives this physical description. Based on this, with which tone does the woman say these words? 
The Dine are the same as Navajo. The Dine are the "children of the Changing Woman." The Dine people have always called themselves Dine. The word Navajo comes from Spanish settlers who gave them that name. Below is an image of Dine people. (This annotation contains an image)
In some Native American legends, a skin-walker is a person with the supernatural ability to turn into any animal he or she desires. Possibly the best documented skinwalker beliefs are those relating to the Navajo yee naaldlooshii (literally "with it, he goes on all fours" in the Navajo language). A yee naaldlooshii is one of several varieties of Navajo witch.  

Nineteen

A toonie is the Canadian two dollar coin. A loonie is a one dollar coin. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is this an effective word to use to describe how Daniel looks at Maya? 
This could be the book they were sent to look at. (This annotation contains an image)
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How does the video portray benandanti, and how is it similar or different to the portrayal in the book? 
Watch this short video about the benandanti, then answer the question that follows.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which literary device is being used in the highlighted section? 
It appears as though Daniel is remaining a static character, the protective male best friend. 

Twenty

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We can contribute unique things, like getting new medication that isn't approved yet, to what? 
Are you surprised that Daniel hadn't mentioned this earlier as a potential cause of Serena's death? Or why her parents didn't mention it to the authorities? Seems a bit odd, doesn't it? 
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Which literary device is this an example of? 
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It appears as though Hayley did not drug Maya's drink either. Does this make her less of a villain in your eyes, or more so because she thinks Maya faked it? 

Twenty-One

If Kenjii had a parallel character, it would be Daniel. Both love Maya unconditionally and protect her from danger. 
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The author wants you to be a little happy that Hayley is getting stood up by Rafe and is standing there at the lake by herself. This is due to the author's crafting of Hayley's character. Identify three things in the text, about Hayley, the author includes that help the reader to cheer for her "getting what she deserves"? 
In conversation, a person's tone is easy to identity by the sound of the voice. In writing, however, it is harder to detect because you can't actually HEAR the characters or narrator speaking. Watch this video on tone and then answer the question that follows. (Ignore the teacher's directions to her students in the first few seconds of the video; they do not apply to you.)  (This annotation contains a video)
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What is the tone of the scene between Maya and her parents? 
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Which literary device is being used here? 
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Why is the above literary device (in the last question) perfect for this moment? 
Maya is using pretty heavy sarcasm here. She uses sarcasm often. This zoo's sign is another example of sarcasm. (This annotation contains an image)

Twenty-Two

Could you stand still as a huge cougar was coming towards you? Below is a picture of what was coming towards Maya. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WzRY1LglWxc/T1bSGKyUMrI/AAAAAAAAEKw/kWEUpqDO7cU/s1600/COUGAR06.jpg  
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Don't look ahead! Think for a minute about the last few chapters -- who do you think died? What clues lead you to this answer? 
So, this is why Maya and Daniel could never get a hold of her. It also shows that an outsider is in danger in the small town of Salmon Creek. Strangers do not know how to act appropriately with the wild animals that are common to the area.  

Twenty-Three

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The structure of this sentence says a lot. What effect does the ellipsis (". . ." ) in the middle of the sentence have on its meaning? 
Rafe's character is not static, but dynamic. He starts off as the mysterious bad boy in town, but is now changing to a caring, sweet brother and friend.  
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What theme is being developed with the death of Mina Lee? 
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How do you think Maya would finish this sentence? Explain your answer. 
A gargoyle is a grotesque carved human or animal face or figure projecting from a building. Gargoyles are said to frighten off and protect those that it guards, such as a church, from any evil or harmful spirits. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is using Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as an allusion appropriate here? 
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This exchange tells us what about Maya's character? 
Last time they were there, Maya and Daniel felt like breaking in was going too far. Now, after Mina's mysterious death, their minds have changed. 

Twenty-Four

This statement helps to affirm Maya's character as strong and independent. 
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Which literary device is being used here? 
This is foreshadowing to get the reader thinking. Maya and Annie may have more in common than it initially appears. 
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Which of the following best describes Annie? 
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What words in this selection illustrate that this guy is someone to be suspicious of? 
Pay close attention to the use of connotative words and descriptions to answer the next question. 
Quiz on Chapters 13-24 

Twenty-Five

Watch this short video on simile and metaphor then answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
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This is an example of which literary device? 
The purpose of the italics is to show Maya's inner thoughts. 
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How do we know that Maya would be able to climb the tree successfully? 
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Based on what we know of Annie, do you agree with this statement of Maya's? Why or why not? 
While this may seem not grammatically correct, the two "and"s in this sentence are actually a type of literary device. Polysyndeton is the use of many conjunctions in a sentence that helps to create a lengthening effect to the sentence or a sense of 'a lot.' In this sentence, the use of polysyndeton shows how their kiss was multi-faceted, much more than any old kiss. It could be the last time they see each other. 
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What is the mood of this section? 
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It seems like Rafe knows this cougar. Who could it most likely be? 
The paw print, like Maya's, is a signal that this cougar may be a skin-walker - the term the old woman in the tattoo shop called Maya. 
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What can you infer about the guy now? 
Because Maya also has the same tattoo, and her special abilities with animals, it is pretty evident that it is true that Maya is a skin-walker. What animal do you think she would turn into? 

Twenty-Six

Think about the following: Annie is a nice person, but is she nice as a cougar? Could she have killed Mina Lee? Would you be scared if you ran into this in the woods?  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is this word capitalized in the middle of the sentence? 
Rafe is a skin-walker too! 
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What is Maya thinking? 
Rafe and Annie could not have found a more isolated place - an abandoned cabin in the middle of the woods on an isolated island. This is a good place to keep themselves hidden and safe. 
An ironic choice of words given what just happened in the last chapter... 
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What traits of Maya's are similar to Rafe's definition? 
In the 19th and 20th century, the Canadian federal government's Indian Affairs department officially encouraged the growth of the Indian residential school system as a valuable agent in a wider policy of assimilating Native Canadians into European-Canadian society. A key goal of the system, which often separated children from their families and communities, has been described as cultural genocide or "killing the Indian in the child." (This annotation contains an image)
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Compare what you just learned in the annotation about Canada's treatment of Natives to The United States' treatment of Native Americans in history. 

Twenty-Seven

This explains Rafe's poor treatment toward females in the beginning of the book. He starts to date them and then quits them once he figures out they are not the one he is looking for.  
View this image then answer the following question. (This annotation contains an image)
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Compare Maya's thoughts on her identity to the image. 
This story line is becoming the archetypal "boy and girl meet under false pretenses (one of them is not honest, such as a bet), boy and girl fall in love regardless of how the relationship started, other one finds out about the false start, breaks it off, the other grovels and apologizes because he/she is in love, and they make up." Think about if this sounds like another book or movie you've seen.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following literary devices is this an example of? 
Do you find it odd that with everything that just happened to Maya, this is what she is worried and upset about? How about the fact that she might change into a cougar? Or has a twin brother? Or just witnessed a guy getting killed and hides the body?!? 
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What information has Maya just learned from Rafe? 
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A lot has happened in this chapter. In three to five sentences summarize the important events in chronological order starting at the beginning of the chapter. 

Twenty-Eight

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Copy a phrase or sentence that displays imagery from this paragraph or the last paragraph.  
Watch this video on imagery and then answer the next question. (This annotation contains a video)
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Which literary device is being used in this sentence? 
Daniel seems to be more responsible than his father, a reverse parent-child relationship. You could compare their family dynamics to Rafe and Annie's. 
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Daniel's dad is most likely taking his frustration about what on Maya? 
This is an interesting metaphor. 
Daniel is referring to his mother. 
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The climax of the book has happened within the last few chapters. Remember that the climax isn't necessarily the most exciting part, but the point at which the plot takes a turn. Which of the following is the climax of the book? 
It appears as though there has been a special council meeting called due to the recent disturbing events in town. 

Twenty-Nine

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This illustrates which of the following character traits of Daniel's? 
... a skin-walker that can shift into a cougar! 
Forest fires are very destructive and can be deadly for those in their path. A wildfire differs from other fires by its extensive size, the speed at which it can spread out from its original source, its potential to change direction unexpectedly, and its ability to jump gaps such as roads, rivers and fire breaks. Here is an image of a forest fire. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following literary devices is this excerpt an example of? 
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Phrases like this are examples of which of the following? 
Think about who else might want to search the room except for the police. 
Is this who you expected it to be? 

Thirty

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Maya has had an eventful couple of days. List five things that recently happened to Maya that are out of the ordinary.  
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Think of another character in literature that also follows the archetype of a loyal, trustworthy friend. What specific things do this character and Daniel have in common? 
Throughout the book, Daniel has proven to be a loyal and trustworthy friend to Maya.  
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How does Daniel's mother differ from the mother in Langston Hughes' poem? 
Read the poem "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes then answer the question that follows.  (This annotation contains a link)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. (This annotation contains an image)
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Daniel's mom's emails are most likely linked to which of the following? 
Like Maya, Daniel also seems to have some special beyond-human qualities. His seem a little different though. Perhaps Daniel is not a skin-walker, but something else? 
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In the book of Genesis in the Bible, God creates man and woman. How can you connect this to the science experiment Rafe told Maya about a few chapters ago? 
Maya is experiencing an internal man vs. self conflict in regards to Serena's death and the St. Clouds. 

Thirty-One

Fitz appears to know that Maya is a skin-walker bobcat. They have a connection. 
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Which of the following literary devices is used in this sentence? 
This explains the title of the next book in the series. 
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What happened to cause Maya to distrust Hayley? 

Thirty-Two

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List three reasons why Maya's parents would be extra worried about her being in the woods that late at night. 
Maya's mom gives her good advice. She can still understand Maya's problem and help her feel better without knowing the FULL extent of it.  
It sounds a little too coincidental, doesn't it? Maya is shutting down the connection too quickly.  
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What is the "[t]his" that Maya is referring to? 
Watch this ABC news clip about a wildfire in 2012 then answer the next question. Click on the link below - do not try to watch it in Curriculet.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Have you ever had an experience with a wildfire? If you have, briefly describe your experience. If you have not, write a couple sentences on what you would take with you if you had to evacuate your house, not knowing if your house will still be there when you come back. 
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What is the purpose of the italics? 
Daniel's protective super sense tells him that Sam isn't a safe person to be around. 

Thirty-Three

It seems like Nicole is a better friend than Maya gives her credit for. 
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Have you ever misjudged someone or have been misjudged yourself? Explain. 
Rafe leaving his bracelet - the last thing his mother gave him, for Maya is a meaningful gesture. 
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What do you think the crossed-out part of Rafe's note could possibly say? 
If Maya is a skin-walker, could Daniel be a Benandanti? 
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Why is Maya having a difficult time telling Daniel everything that she knows? 

Thirty-Four

The fire must be getting close if Daniel is covered in ash! This image shows people feeling their homes in San Diego due to wildfires in May 2014.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Popular sayings that are used a lot in speech and in writing are called clichés. Cliché refers to an expression that has been overused to the extent that it loses its original meaning or novelty. Some other examples are "at the end of the day" and "a diamond in the rough." Write another example of a cliché. 
This image shows just how massive Roosevelt elk can be. This one, unfortunately, has seen better days.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Despite being in danger from the approaching fire, Daniel still offers his help even though he has never met Annie. Which of the following character traits of his does this represent? 
This sentence uses onomatopoeia, imagery, and simile. 

Thirty-Five

What would you do if you saw a black bear coming after you? (This annotation contains an image)
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In this excerpt, Maya is thinking like a _____. 
So far, Maya has narrowly escaped getting shot at, getting rammed by a huge elk, a raging wildfire, and being attacked by a black bear. She's like a cat with nine lives! Literally. What's next? 
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This excerpt uses which of the following literary devices? 
Daniel's mysterious super human senses are kicking in. He's going into "protection mode" because he can sense danger. 
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Trying to outrun a forest fire is an example of which type of conflict? 

Thirty-Six

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The dangerous forest fire helps to establish which of the following themes? 
This tells us that the wildfire was set on purpose to create a diversion, most likely so these people could capture Maya and whoever else they are looking for.  
Watch this video on pacing and answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Describe the pacing of this book. 
Add on to the list of crazy things Maya has recently survived: being chased in a forest fire by mysterious people in gas masks with big guns.  

Thirty-Seven

Maya goes against what she knows would be Rafe's wishes by telling Mrs. Tilson NOT to wake Rafe up. If he woke up, he would never want to leave without Annie. Maya wants Rafe to be safe, even if it means doing something Rafe would not like.  
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This sentence uses which of the following literary devices? 
Maya's parents were worried about her, but they have no idea of the extent of danger Maya was in besides the wildfire. 
Quiz on chapters 25-37