Warriors #5: A Dangerous Path

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ShadowClan has a dark new leader, but will he be satisfied with his power now -- or does his desire for revenge burn even more strongly? Fireheart fears that there is a connection between the rise of Tigerstar and the terrible dreams that haunt his nights, murmuring of danger and death.

Meanwhile, a mysterious and vicious threat unlike any other has invaded the forest, placing every cat's life in peril. Fireheart's beloved leader has turned her back on their warrior ancestors, and Fireheart can't help but wonder if she's right. Has StarClan abandoned them forever?

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Designed for students in the fifth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining irony, point of view and imagery. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about hyperbole and suspense. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of trust, personal challenges, and forgiveness. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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This is the fifth book in the popular Warriors series that follows the lives of clans of wild cats. Have you ever read a novel written from the point of view of a cat before? (This annotation contains an image)
This is unusual. While the author starts us off in "medias-res"-- meaning right in the middle of action -- it is not in the perspective of the cats. This time we are reading from the perspective of a dog. Will dogs play a big role in this novel? We need to keep reading to find out. 
What do you predict the dogs will try to kill? 

Chapter 1

The problem or conflict in the story begins when 
You can infer, or guess, from Fireheart's thinking that he has some conflicting emotions regarding Tigerstar appointing himself ShadowClan's leader. He wonders if he should tell the cats at the Gathering about his experiences with Tigerclaw and even wonders if he should be questioning StarClan's omen. This sounds like a very difficult situation for Fireheart. 
The story's third-person limited point of view narration helps the reader understand 
We learned in a previous novel that Mistyfoot is actually Bluestar's daughter whom she gave away as a kit. Below is a picture of what Mistyfoot may look like in real life. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2

Starting the chapter with the first light of dawn could be considered symbolic of the new beginnings happening in the story. First, there is a new ShadowClan leader; second, ThunderClan is rebuilding their camp. Hopefully, this new beginning is a sign of good things to come. (This annotation contains an image)
Fireheart believes that it may be a good thing that Tigerstar is the leader of ShadowClan. What do you think? Is it a good or bad thing that Tigerstar is now their leader? Give reasons to support your answer. 
Will the announcement that Tigerstar is now ShadowClan's leader be as surprising for Bluestar as it was for the reader? Below is a picture of Tigerstar as ShadowClan's leader. (This annotation contains an image)
Who does Bluestar still trust within ThunderClan? 

Chapter 3

Based on what we know from the first chapter, Fireheart should be MORE worried about the dogs than he is. A pack of dogs loose in the forest could hurt ThunderClan tremendously. (This annotation contains an image)
What does conscientious mean in the highlighted sentence? 
Trust is emerging as a theme in this book. After everything that has happened, it's not surprising that everyone is weary and nervous with Tigerstar as the new leader of ShadowClan. It feels like it is only a matter of time before something terrible happens. (This annotation contains an image)
When Graystripe says that Leopardfur can "Go chase her own tail," he means that he wants her to go do something pointless. A cat chasing her own tail is an unproductive activity. Even so- many cats do just that. Watch the video clip below to see how silly an activity it really is.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does Fireheart believe is the reason for Cinderpelt's distraction? 

Chapter 4

Nonchalant means to act like he doesn't care, but we know that Cloudpaw cares very much about becoming a warrior. He has changed a great deal from the beginning of the last novel where he had a terrible attitude and argued constantly with Fireheart. Do you think his change of heart will last? 
Fireheart is trying very hard not to feel differently about Bramblekit. Why does he look at and treat him differently than the other kits? Give examples from the text to support your answer. 
Whenever a character gives another character some advice, as a reader you need to pay attention. Sometimes it is because the author is foreshadowing something to happen later. What do you think? Is there a possibility that Fireheart won't tell the kits who their father is and they will find out in some other way? 
Bluestar is showing confusion again. Which of the following cats are NOT being considered for warrior status? 

Chapter 5

This sentence contains something called hyperbole. This is a fancy word for something you may already be familiar with. Watch the video below to learn about hyperbole and then reread the sentence to find the example in the highlighted selection. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following sentences create suspense? 
"What?" is right! Were you surprised by Runningnose's revelation that Nightstar was never accepted by StarClan? A good author includes plot twists and events that surprise the reader. All through this book series, the author has included a number of events that has kept the reader guessing. What else has surprised you as you read? 

Chapter 6

What is Spottedleaf doing when Fireheart calls out to him? 
When a character does something unexpected, you need to pay close attention because there is usually a very good reason. Princess traveling into the forest is a very unusual thing. We need to keep reading to find out the reason.  (This annotation contains an image)
These Twolegs are looking for something. Think back to the beginning of the book. What escaped? Do you think there is a connection? Please explain what we know as a reader that the cats do not. 
With Crookedstar getting older and weaker, Tigerstar is even more of a threat to Fireheart and ThunderClan. Perhaps Fireheart should try and befriend Crookedstar too? (This annotation contains an image)
In this chapter, Fireheart faces difficult challenges. Which of the following is NOT a challenge he is facing right now? 

Chapter 7

Oakheart was killed in the same battle that Tigerstar murdered Redtail to gain power in ThunderClan. Graypool has mistaken Tigerstar for Oakheart. The photo below shows some similarities to Tigerstar. This can't come to anything good.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why has Fireheart not told Mistyfoot and Graystripe the truth about Graypool's death? 
Fireheart can't help but see Tigerstar every time he looks at Bramblekit. Look at the picture below. Do you see Tigerstar in Bramblekit too? (This annotation contains an image)
Even in real life white cats with blue eyes are often deaf. It has to do with genes and it is hereditary - meaning it is passed along by the cat's parents.  (This annotation contains an image)
Have you ever heard the expression "famous last words"? It is an ironic expression because it usually means whatever someone said wouldn't happen usually does. What literary device would that be? 

Chapter 8

Why is Fireheart spending time with all the apprentices? 
Again, the reader knows something that the cats do not. This is situational irony. We know that dogs are loose in the forest and are looking to kill cats. While the cats suspect the danger, they have no idea how much danger they are actually in. 
Brackenfur offers to help Snowkit with his learning, even knowing there is no chance of him becoming a warrior. What does that tell us about the kind of cat Brackenfur is? (This annotation contains an image)
Why isn't Bluestar believing Fireheart's explanation of the killed prey in the ThunderClan's territory? 
Hawks are predatory birds. They hunt small animals with their excellent vision. They generally kill prey with their sharp talons. Watch the short video below to learn more about hawks.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 9

Describe how Cloudpaw's reaction to the hawk taking Snowkit is different from the Clan's reaction?  
This paragraph highlights the title of the book "A Dangerous Path." Everywhere Fireheart "steps" shows danger. No matter which way he turns there is danger. The author creates intense suspense with all of these plot events. Fireheart feels that the forest is "watching him." It's hard not to agree with him given all the things that have happened. 
How is Bluestar's behavior beginning to affect ThunderClan? 
Quiz Chapters: 1 -9 

Chapter 10

In Book Two Firepaw carried Gorsepaw as a small kit.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is wrong with Graystripe telling Fireheart that Leopardfur wants Sunningrocks to be part of RiverClan's territory? Please read the highlighted paragraph to find the answer. 
Oh no! Fireheart's fear that Bluestar might accuse WindClan is coming true. As readers we know that it was most likely the dog that attacked and left the prey, but no cat knows this. This is an example of dramatic irony. 
How would this story be different if the author had chosen third-person omniscient point of view? Remember that third-person omniscient allows the reader into the minds of all the cats. 
Defiance means open disobedience or resistance. Bluestar doesn't care who she offends or makes upset. This could be very dangerous for ThunderClan.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 11

"Her eyes were blue flames" is which type of literary device? 
Fireheart seems to be aware of when he is dreaming and can almost control his dreams. There are scientists that believe they have techniques to help people influence their dreams. The first step is to say to yourself that when you dream, you want to realize you are dreaming. Fireheart sort of does this by acknowledging that he needs to dream in order to see Spotteleaf. Kind of interesting- isn't it? 
Which sentence below suggests that Fireheart will personally take action to stop ThunderClan from attacking WindClan? 

Chapter 12

Is this another act of betrayal? Fireheart is already suspicious of Darkstripe's loyalty, so it isn't surprising to see him potentially bringing Tigerstar's kits to see him. The real question now is whether or not Fireheart will step in and put a stop to it? Or, will he stay in the background and watch what occurs? Let's hope Tawnykit and Bramblekit do not get caught up in the drama. (This annotation contains an image)
Uh oh. Do you remember Goldenflower's warning to Fireheart to not wait too long to tell the kits about their father? Now, it looks like Tigerstar is going to tell them. Who do you think should tell the kits about their father and his story, Fireheart or Tigerstar? Give reasons to support your answer. 
Tigerstar is acting with respect and civility towards Fireheart. Is there a chance he has changed? It's hard to believe that after all his treachery. Watch the video below to determine if Tigerstar is a static or dynamic character. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 13

The overall tone for this highlighted passage is 
This is an example of imagery. The author creates vivid pictures in the reader's mind in order to make the story come alive. Maybe what Fireheart was seeing is similar to the image below. (This annotation contains an image)
Who is going to act as the messenger between Tallstar and Bluestar so that they meet at Fourtrees? 
Fireheart is very thoughtful in regards to not involving any other cats in breaking the warrior code. However, Whitestorm seems a little angry that Fireheart acted alone and did not rely on the other warriors for advice. It seems like a difficult situation for Fireheart to navigate. How do you think he is doing? 
Summarize the reactions from the cats after hearing about what Fireheart has done to prevent the attack on WindClan. 
This is a very complicated conflict. One on hand, no cat wants to disobey their leader. On the other hand, they hear the sense in Fireheart's argument that dogs have been stealing prey and a battle is not wise for both Clans. The author makes complicated situations and characters allowing the story to become unexpected and exciting. So, going back to conflict- what kind of conflict is this? Man v. man? Man v. self? Man v. society? Or is it a combination of them all? 
It seems like Fireheart and ThunderClan need some help from StarClan in order to keep the unknown situations from causing them to go into battle. What word below suggests that some other higher power can control the outcome of events? 

Chapter 14

Isn't it nice to see Ravenpaw doing so well? Even though Fireheart misses his friend, he is glad he is happy living with Barley.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following literary devices is created with the descriptions in the highlighted paragraphs? 
What is the meaning of the highlighted sentence? 
What a terrific and terrifying sentence. The author uses a metaphor here to describe the cold anger that Bluestar feels towards Fireheart. It's almost as though the reader can feel that anger directed at them too.  
In her conversation with Fireheart, Bluestar reveals what the cause of all the confusion and odd behavior is. But she didn't come right out and say it. As a reader, you have to infer, or read "between the lines," to figure it out. Which situation or event has caused Bluestar to change? How do you know?  

Chapter 15

Point of view is very important to a novel. This story would be told very differently if it was told with third-person omniscient point of view. Watch the video below on this type of point of view and then think about how the story would be impacted if you could get inside the mind of Bluestar, as well as Fireheart. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Bluestar's reaction to Fireheart  and the description suggest about her mental state after her trip away from camp? It doesn't say it in words, here you have to infer and read between the lines. 
Bluestar just seems so defeated. At some points you feel anger towards her, at other points you feel disppointed by her and then at other points you feel badly for her. The author has created a very complex cat in Bluestar. You may even want to give her a hug and comfort her. She is truly a dynamic character. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 16

What is Fireheart's plan for getting Bluestar to consider making the apprentices warriors? 
It seems like Bluestar's head is not in the game again. Leopardstar has claimed Sunningrocks as RiverClan's territory, and Bluestar is distracted by being so close to her secret son Stonefur. The fact that Stonefur is there when this confrontation happens is an example of situational irony. Watch the video below to understand how this is situationally ironic.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following situations could be considered an example of situational irony? 

Chapter 17

This scene is very important. One of the reasons for Bluestar's erratic behavior is because she learned the identities of her kits and feels horrible guilt for giving them away and never knowing them. Fireheart declaring them her kits opens the door for Bluestar to begin to heal. Unfortunately, they are right in the middle of a battle. How do you think this will turn out? 
What can you predict/infer from this highlighted paragraph? 
Inferring is a very important reading skill. The author will not come right and tell you everything about every situation and character. Based on the descriptions, action and dialogue, the reader needs to be able to "connect the dots" so to speak. This means you have to take what the author gives you and be able to figure out the rest. Based on the highlighted paragraph, how do you think Bluestar feels about Cloudpaw?  

Chapter 18

Compare the reaction of Darkstripe, in regards to Bluestar's comment that all cats are traitors, to Fireheart's reaction to the same comment. Do you remember how Fireheart responded to her when she said the same thing? 
Cinderpelt seems to have grown into her role as a medicine cat. She knows how to care for wounded cats and also how to assert her authority so that the cats listen to her and heal properly. You have to be able to be flexible and adapt as forest cat. Cinderpelt has had to do a lot of that lately. (This annotation contains an image)
While Bluestar and Fireheart agree that Cloudpaw should become a warrior, they differ on one aspect- what is it? 
Cloudpaw does not allow many things to bother him. He is certainly not afraid to go against Fireheart's opinions and speak his own mind - no matter how disrespectful. It isn't that surprising that Cloudpaw isn't bothered by the lack of support from the other cats during the naming ceremony. Hopefully, this personality trait doesn't do him permanent harm within the Clan. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz Chapters: 10 - 18 

Chapter 19

As readers, What information do we know about the danger in the forest that clearly the apprentices do not? 
Oh no. Something terrible may have happened. What are your predictions for could have occurred? 
What can we infer about Cloudtail based on his actions and Fireheart's description? 

Chapter 20

All of their dreams point to the fact that a pack of dogs is loose in the forest. Now that they have attacked Swiftpaw and Brightpaw, perhaps they will take some steps to be safer around camp? This book pulls at your heart strings- meaning that there are lots of emotional moments. No cat is safe from this author. 
How does Cloudpaw feel about the name given to Brightpaw during the naming ceremony? 
Cloudpaw is showing signs of caring about something or someone other than himself. During the beginning of his apprentice training, he only cared about his own wants and needs. It's nice to see him caring for someone else. Does this make him a dynamic or static character? 
Do you think it's a good idea for Fireheart to mentor Bramblekit?  Why or why not? 
Don't you just want to say to Bluestar - why are you even leader anymore? Clearly, she does not believe in the Clan or believe in the warrior code. Fireheart is basically leading the Clan at this point. Should she resign? 
What is the difference between Cinderpelt's and Fireheart's main concern about Brightpaw? 
ThunderClan is full of tradition and ritual. Do you remember when Fireheart was an apprentice and went off to tour the territory? It seems like such a long time ago. 

Chapter 21

What is meant by Fireheart's explanation? 
Fireheart is going to be very careful with the way he explains the story of Tigerstar. He knows the apprentices look up to their father and doesn't want them to feel differently about themselves after they know the whole truth. Fireheart and Tigerstar are major characters in the novel. Watch the video below about protagonists and antagonists. Which character is which in this novel or is it more complicated than that? (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the highlighted passage, what does Fireheart emphasize as the main core value a cat must have to his Clan? 
It's going to take time for both Lostface's physical and emotional wounds to heal. It was very traumatic to have been attacked by dogs. She almost died and that could change a cat and the way they look at life. But, she does have Cloudtail looking after her. That is a bright spot in a terrible situation. 
Why do you think Lostface cannot remember what attacked her in the forest? Is it because she does not want to remember or something else? 

Chapter 22

The highlighted phrase is called an idiom. An idiom is an expression that doesn't mean exactly what it says. The phrase means that he will always be torn between wanting to be in RiverClan with his kits and also in ThunderClan where he was born. But if you took the expression just as it reads, it might mean that Graystripe has his paws in two different places! 
What request does Tigerstar make at the Gathering? 

Chapter 23

This was a huge step for Lostface, but she puts a great deal of trust into Cloudtail to keep her safe. It's great to see him step up and take care of Lostface. There are some redeeming qualities about him and it shows that he is a more complex character than he originally appeared to be. 
It would be easy to get angry with Princess' reaction to Lostface, but you have to remember she is just a kittypet that leads a very sheltered life. What sentence do you think made Fireheart say his sister was "saying all the wrong things"? Provide the sentence and explain why it would be the wrong thing to say. 
A symbol is a literary device used by authors to deepen the meaning in their writing. Watch the video below to learn more about symbolism and go back and re-read the highlighted section to fully understand why the name given to Lostface is symbolic of something else.  (This annotation contains a video)
When Speckletail says that she gets the feeling that Lostface thinks she has to look after her, it is an example of irony. Remember irony can be a situation where what someone says is different from what is actually happening. What is ironic about the statement and situation? 
Oh no. Fireheart not listening to Longtail and finding out what he saw could be a dangerous thing for ThunderClan. Fireheart needs to be more open-minded to keep his Clan safe. As a reader, you can recognize these missed opportunities and sense a terrible outcome. This could be an example of foreshadowing. You will have to continue to read to find out. 
What does Longtail say has been living at Snakerocks? 
Tigerstar is much more dangerous than we thought initially. Only someone with a terrible, horrible streak of evil could conspire with dogs. At least Fireheart knows what is happening now. Revealing this information suggests maybe Longtail is truly loyal to ThunderClan and not Tigerstar. Or, it could be a trap... 

Chapter 24

Summarize Sandstorm's understanding of why Fireheart made the decisions he made about WindClan and the secrets he kept from Bluestar. 
What a powerful sentence! But is death alive? Of course not, and this is a terrific example of personification- when an author gives human characteristics to a non-living thing. This sentence makes "death" come alive for the reader and shows the skill of the author. 
What literary device is the author using when she writes "Understanding hit him like a rock..."? 
This is absolutely horrible! This scene highlights how the author uses narration to create tension and surprise the reader. Keeping the point of view primarily limited to Fireheart, the reader is kept in the dark about Tigerstar and other character's feelings and actions. This leads to surprising plot twists and situations. 

Chapter 25

Why must they leave the camp, even though they moved the trail of rabbits? 
Lostface has already faced the dogs once before. Now she knows the danger and is absolutely terrified. Thank goodness Cloudtail agreed to stay with the Clan and protect them while the others lead the dogs to the gorge. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Fireheart not trust Darkstripe? Use textual evidence and examples to support your answer. 
Whitestorm shows that he is a reliable and trustworthy cat. He clearly cares about Bluestar and has shown unwavering loyalty to ThunderClan. This is a case where being a static character (one that does not change) is a good thing. 

Chapter 26

Which literary device is created with Fireheart's description, questions and imaginative scenarios? 

Chapter 27

Of course Tigerstar would be there to mess up the plan. Who could have tipped him off to what was going to happen? Could it have been Darkstripe or someone else? Now, Fireheart will have to think on his feet and come up with a new plan. (This annotation contains an image)
Why did Bluestar suddenly become light when Fireheart was trying to save her in the river? 
Mistyfoot and Stonefur forgive Bluestar! Now that she isn't grieving over the loss of her kits, maybe she will be able to shed her depression and become the ThunderClan leader she once was. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Graystripe's gesture of dipping his head in respect towards Fireheart indicate? 
Quiz Chapters: 19 - 27