I Am Number Four

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Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

Curriculet Details
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Designed for students in 8th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining point of view, character development and plot structure. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about conflict and the fantasy genre. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, tone, and media connections. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

I Am Number Four is the first book in the series known as the Lorien Legacies. There are five books in total. The author, Pittacus Lore, is actually a pseudonym (pen name or nickname) of authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes. Below is a humorous video of an "interview" with Pittacus Lore.  (This annotation contains a video)
In this paragraph what is the clearest evidence that something is different for the narrator? 

Chapter Two

The narrator's tone at the end of this paragraph is  
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?  

Chapter Three

What does this detail reveal about John? 

Chapter Four

Watch the video below about the genre of fantasy and consider what qualities make I Am Number Four a fantasy.  (This annotation contains a video)
The sentence, "This isn't my first rodeo," is an example of a/an 
Use the Define feature for the word allay and read all the definitions. Which word is the best synonym allay?  
One element in a fantasy is the creation of new terms. Right now, you know that John comes from Lorien. He is a Garde because he has a special power, also known as a Legacy. His guardian Henri is a Cepan (aka Keeper) because he does not have special powers.  
Watch the video below about tension and consider how this moment is creating tension.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is this moment building tension? Use textual evidence to support your answer.  

Chapter Five

Henri plays the role of the mentor for John. In many stories with a hero, the protagonist needs guidance. Think of Dumbledore and Harry Potter. The mentor character is older, more experienced, and able to educate the hero.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does this paragraph mainly show? 
What is the reader able to understand about John's perspective? 
The scar on John's ankle is a symbol of his planet's struggle. It reminds him of the danger that he is in at all times.  

Chapter Six

Watch the video below from the original Star Wars where Obi-Wan talks to Luke Skywalker about the force and Luke's father.  (This annotation contains a video)
What similarities do you notice between John's story and the scene from Star Wars? Consider the plot, characters, and/or themes.  

Chapter Seven

Consider how this detail reveals John's desire for the chance to prove himself or to stand up to someone.  
The description of Mark here makes him appear 
Watch the video below about character traits. Consider what character traits John has.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is motivating John at this moment? 
Sam is showing himself to be an ally to John. Heroes need partners and friends; Luke Skywalker has Han Solo, Harry Potter has Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and John has Sam Goode.  
John is mainly trying to control his 

Chapter Eight

What is the main reason why John is smiling?  
Consider what is motivating John to lie. What would happen if he told the truth? What is it that makes him want to stay at this school?  
The details in this paragraph present a __________ mood.  
Pay attention to word choice when an author describes a setting. The "vast expanse of treetops," "blue sky," and "a warm, soft wind" all create positive feelings. 
What is motivating John at this moment? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  
Consider whether John's desire to fight is a strength, a flaw, or both.  

Chapter Nine

As you read on, ask yourself why the author has included the dog. Also, try to predict why this last line of the paragraph may be significant.  
The highlighted sentence contains an example of  

Chapter Ten

The author has left plenty of details about Sam, and you should now consider his conspiracy theories important to the book.  
What is most interesting about Bernie Kosar? 

Chapter Eleven

Why does Henri share this story with John? 
Watch the video below about flashback.  (This annotation contains a video)
At this moment, why does the author include this paragraph? 
Pay close attention as your read to see if there are any clues as to what John's major Legacy is.  
Quiz #1 

Chapter Twelve

John has grown attached to Bernie quickly. Since John is unable to have many relationships, he likes the company of the dog. This reveals more about John's character.  
Henri's tone at this moment is  
The word "petite" describes the woman's 
The translation of this is: "Oh! You speak French? This is super! I haven't had a person with whom I can speak French in a long time." 
Watch the video below about static and dynamic characters. Which kind of character is Mark?  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Sarah leave? 

Chapter Thirteen

What can you infer about this conversation between Henri and John? 
Comments such as these reinforce John's character traits, including his flaws. He has a hard time backing down, which can be seen as both a strength and a flaw.  
When John invites Sam, what does this reveal about John? 
With first-person point of view, we can only see what John sees. We're limited to his perspective. At this moment we are unsure what is happening just like him.  

Chapter Fourteen

Do you think it's a good idea for John to be using his powers at this moment? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  
Below is an image from the film version of the book.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch this news report about bullying. Consider how the idea of bullying is relevant to the book.  (This annotation contains a video)
How are the news report and book similar in the way they address bullying? What is the overall message? 
Which of the following is not a conflict that John is experiencing right now. 

Chapter Fifteen

John's relationship with Sarah has grown since the last chapter. Consider whether this will be important as the story continues. How will he be able to keep the truth about himself from her?  
What best describes Henri's behavior here? 
What similarities do you see between the poem and John's feelings for Sarah? 
Watch the video below of a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning called "Sonnet 43." It's often known as "How Do I Love Thee?"  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Sixteen

Sam points the gun out of  
Below is a scene from the film version, where Sam questions John. Notice how different it is from the book.  (This annotation contains a video)
This detail shows how much time Sam spends alone. His mother has to work late, and his father is gone. 
What does Sam's comment reveal? 

Chapter Seventeen

Henri is in the search of 
The original quote comes from George Santayana, who was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. He originally said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  (This annotation contains an image)
Below is an image of a map that shows the location of Athens, Ohio.  (This annotation contains an image)
What do you predict will happen at this point in the story? 

Chapter Eighteen

Watch the video below about imagery. Imagery is the use of sensory details. At this moment, the author uses the sense of smell to describe the scene.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is the biggest difference between John and Sarah's house? 
What do the "Beads of sweat" and the "struggle to breathe" convey about John? 
Below is a common depiction of the Loric emblem.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Nineteen

This moment is an example of internal conflict. Internal conflict is when a character struggles with a problem within him/herself. In this case, John struggles with the consequences of revealing the truth.  
Sam biting his lips show his 
Below is an image of what Sam's dad's truck might look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature and look up the definitions for volition. Which word is the best antonym for volition?  

Chapter Twenty

This is the second time that someone has mentioned John calling him Henri instead of dad. How much longer do you think John can keep his secret?  
How do you believe John is feeling at this moment?  
Consider why John doesn't use his Legacies. What might the consequences be? This is an example of another internal conflict he is facing.  
The use of the words "friends" and "them" refers to  
John is proving that he is making cautious choices with his Legacies. He doesn't want to hurt anyone too much.  
Why is the man pointing a gun at Henri and John? 

Chapter Twenty-One

What is the biggest development at this moment? 
Below is a diagram of plot structure. Right now the novel is at the rising action. The problems are still developing.  (This annotation contains an image)
Now the central conflict is moving to focus on the Mogadorians. For most of the book, John has mentioned and described them, but their involvement in the plot is growing.  
The man's tone at this moment is 
One theme of the book is friendship. How is friendship present at this moment with Sam?  
Below is a featurette for the film Lucy, staring Scarlett Johansson. It deals with telekinesis and person realizing her full potential.  (This annotation contains a video)
Below is a scene from the film version where John tells Henri that he isn't leaving.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is the film version of the scene different from the book? Which version do you prefer? Explain your view.  

Chapter Twenty-Two

Henri wants to give John as many extreme situations as possible so that he will be prepared to fight.  
The use of the phrase "arthritic limbs" make the tree seem 
Pay attention to the use of details here; they help the reader understand John's feelings and experience at this moment.  
What does this scene show to the reader? 
Quiz #2 

Chapter Twenty-Three

Which phrase best conveys the power of the battle? 
Watch the video below about starting in the middle of the action, or in media res. This chapter starts out in this fashion.  (This annotation contains a video)
The loading of the animals is similar to the Biblical story of Noah's Ark. An indirect reference to the Bible or classic myth is known as an allusion.  
At this moment John feels 

Chapter Twenty-Four

What prediction can you make about Bernie Kosar and his special abilities?  
Remember the journalist had a note that said that Number Nine is in South America.  
Below is an image of a map that shows Argentina's location.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Henri relieved? 

Chapter Twenty-Five

John says this to ________ Sam. 
Consider what Mark's actions reveal about him as a character. Has he changed at all, or is he the same?  
Why is it safe for Sam to help with the fire?  
This could be a critical moment in the novel for John. How much of his power will he need to use? What are the risks if he does use them? 

Chapter Twenty-Six

The highlighted sentence is an example of a/an  
Short sentences help add to the dramatic tension.  
This moment is the biggest reveal for John. He is taking a great risk telling Sarah the truth.  
The main theme at this moment is  
The relationship between John and Sarah has changed. You will have to read more to determine if it's for the better or worse.  
Henri is ________  John. 

Chapter Twenty-Seven

What does John mean at this moment when he tells Sarah that he misses her?  
John's conflict between his identity as a Loric and his love for Sarah is growing. Now that Sarah knows the truth, they have grown closer, which makes him want to stay in Ohio no matter what.  
Why is John looking at Sarah so closely? 
Pay attention to how the author builds tension here.  

Chapter Twenty-Eight

This moment is an example of 
John makes another bold choice here, one there's no turning back from. A character who develops and grows at times must make great choices such as these.  
Below is an example of the type of knife one may use to scale a fish.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is John's main objective at this moment? 
In this paragraph the writer is mainly establishing 
Below is an image of how the Mogadorians appear in the film.  (This annotation contains an image)
Below is the scene from the movie when Six is introduced.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Twenty-Nine

A climax is a major turning point that changes the dynamic of a story. In some novels there are many climaxes. Some climaxes have a greater impact on the characters and plot.  
What are some benefits for John of meeting Number Six? Use textual evidence to support your answer.  
What advantage does Sarah have over John? 
The use of sound description adds to the tension. It makes the reader guess who or what is approaching. 
The word mournful describes Six's 

Chapter Thirty

Based off of the various film clips that you have seen, what are some of the challenges in making this novel into a film?  
Below is an example of a meat tenderizer.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is a not a concern they have with their escape? 
Using the Define feature, what is a synonym for bated?  
The use of darkness not only hinders the characters, but it contributes to the mood of the Mogadorian's presence.  
Below is the film scene of this battle.  (This annotation contains a video)
At this moment Henri is 

Chapter Thirty-One

The highlighted portion is an example of  
To increase the conflict, often the challenges become greater. These beasts represent a new set of problems for the characters.  
How are the Monagordians different here? 
At times, the hero must prove him/herself by facing challenges alone. John must prove that he is a hero by facing the Mogadorian soldier here.  
The storms are the way the reader knows that Six is still alive.  
What is the central conflict at this moment? 
What is the reader to get from this paragraph? 

Chapter Thirty-Two

Animals are common elements in a hero's quest. For example, Harry Potter had a phoenix help him in battles at times.  (This annotation contains an image)
John's telekinesis fails out of 

Chapter Thirty-Three

Why did Henri decide that John shouldn't know the truth about Bernie Kosar?  
Often, John chooses the ones he cares for over escape. This is one of his strengths because he wants to protect everyone.  
Why is the John speaking to the beast? 
John decides to fight by bringing people and creatures together, while the Mogadorians fight for purely selfish reasons.  
Below is Henri's death in the film version.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Thirty-Four

Notice the details here. John is using a camera to describe this memory.  
This literary technique is known as a  
Below is an image of the Hero's Journey. In a typical hero story, the hero will go through many trials. For John he has only begun his journey.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which stage of the hero's journey is John on? 
The mentor often dies in the hero's journey. Below is a famous example from Star Wars when Obi-Wan Kenobi dies. Both John and Luke Skywalker must face the battle without their mentors.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is John's tone at this moment? 
Quiz #3