The Rise of Nine

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In Pittacus Lore’s The Rise of Nine, third in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, the stakes are higher than ever as John, Six, and Seven try desperately to find the rest of the Garde before it’s too late.
The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.
During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.
In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.
Power in numbers will save us all.

Curriculet Details
39 Questions
39 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring point of view and fantasy genre, as well as annotations describing conflict, literary references, and plot structure. Students will explore the themes of responsibility and love. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

The Rise of Nine is the third book of the Lorien series, which focuses on a group of aliens trying to survive on earth. I Am Number Four was the first book, followed by The Power of Six. The previous book had two different points of view of Loriens. This chapter starts off with the point of view of the character known as Six.  
What is Six's tone in the highlighted sentences? 
Garde is a term used to describe one type of being from Lorien. A Garde develops special powers known as a Legacy. The other being is known as a Cepan. Cepans train and watch over the Garde. The character Crayton is Ella's Cepan.  

Chapter Two

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?  
What does John like least about Nine? 

Chapter Three

What can the reader infer about the rebels? 
Vishnu is a popular Hindu deity. Below is an image of him.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Four

Watch the video below about text-based evidence. You will use this strategy for answering your next question.  (This annotation contains a video)
There is clear conflict between John and Nine. What is the source of the conflict? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  

Chapter Six

Use the Define feature and look up the definition of decrepit. Which word is the best synonym for decrepit? 
In the previous books, John got along with everyone, especially Six. This is the first time there has been such conflict. Pay close attention to it to see how this conflict affects the book.  
Notice how this moment connects to the previous chapter. It helps keep the structure of the book coherent.  
Why is John upset? 

Chapter Seven

What is most important about this sentence? 
"We're sitting ducks" is an example of an idiom. An idiom is a manner of speaking, often known as a saying where the words paired together have a different, unique meaning.  

Chapter Eight

Watch the video below about tone and mood. Pay particular attention to mood.  (This annotation contains a video)
The mood at the beginning of this chapter is 

Chapter Nine

Which line leads the reader to understand that Marina is developing a new power?  
Pay attention to Marina's attitude toward Six and compare to John's attitude toward Nine. Decide if they are similar or different.  
Use the Define feature and look up the definition for surreptitiously. Which word is surreptitiously describing or modifying? 
Below is an example of what is known as the lotus position.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Ten

Remember in the previous book, the reader learned that Nine had been imprisoned by the Mogadorians for a year when John found him. 
What do you believe is the real nature of the agents who have arrested John and Nine?  
Quiz #1 

Chapter Eleven

Parameshwara means the Supreme God.  
What describes Vishnu's tone at this moment? 
As you read Eight's story of his Cepan, consider how this will affect his relationship with the rest of the Lorics. Consider what they have in common.  
What is a central theme in this moment with Eight?  

Chapter Twelve

Dreams in a novel always carry some significance. They are meant to reveal a deeper understanding of a character, or they can foreshadow events in the novel.  
Why is this line significant? 
Do you agree with Nine's perspective? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  
Watch the video below about character traits. Consider how the information relates to Nine.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Thirteen

The use of "salty and sweet" here is an example of a juxtaposition. A juxtaposition is the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. 
What do Marina's feelings of jealousy stem from? 

Chapter Fourteen

Below is an example of the el train in Chicago.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is John's tone in the highlighted sentences? 
Below is an image of the exterior of the John Hancock building to help you understanding the building's height.  
Use the Define  feature and look up the definition for flourish. Which word is the best synonym for flourish?  

Chapter Fifteen

Why does the author relate the Lorics to the Greek gods? How does this make the reader understand the history of Lorien better?  
Watch the video below about the Greek gods to be more familiar with this reference.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Sixteen

This dream is in a way also a flashback because Henri appears in this moment. Watch the video below to learn more about flashback.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is important about these highlighted sentences? 

Chapter Seventeen

This highlighted line is an example of  
This moment shows growth for Marina in both her powers and personality. She is reaching new levels with her power, but she is showing more determination as well.  

Chapter Eighteen

The highlighted sentence contains an example of  
Below is an image that shows the location of the sternum.  (This annotation contains an image)
The visions John has are a common element in a hero's story. Often, the hero can see into the past or have visions of other places. This was common in the Harry Potter series. Below is one example; Harry has multiple memories and confronts Voldemort in his mind.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is John similar to other famous heroes from either books or film?  

Chapter Nineteen

The sandpaper is used to describe Six's  
The electric fence, helicopters, and men yelling at Six brings John and Six's story closer together. This also validates John's belief about going to New Mexico.  

Chapter Twenty

Quiz #2 

Chapter Twenty-One

Nine is making a reference to a song by Guns N' Roses called "Paradise City."  
What is Nine's tone at this moment? 
Dulce Base is an alleged secret alien underground facility on the Colorado-New Mexico border. Claims of alien activity there first arose from Albuquerque businessman Paul Bennewitz. Below is an article from a newspaper in New Mexico addressing the belief.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the book include actual places and elements of conspiracy theories? What sort of impact does it have on the story?  

Chapter Twenty-Two

The simile in this sentence compares her __________ to an out of control car. 
Josie and the Pussycats is an Archie comic and cartoon from the seventies.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Twenty-Three

What is the first clue that Marina is at the wrong place? 
Below is an image of Stonehenge.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the reader seeing in this chapter? 
Code black typically refers to an emergency, which is how it is used at hospitals.  

Chapter Twenty-Four

The reader could predict that the soldier is speaking to a  
What does Six believe at this moment? 
It's okay to be confused at this moment with regards to Sarah. Like Six, we are not necessarily sure what is going with Sarah, and whether this is even the real Sarah.  

Chapter Twenty-Five

Notice the use of details in this sentence to convey the appearance of the truckers. The phrase "a long stream of brown juice" makes the truckers appear disgusting.  
What does this moment reveal about Nine? Provide textual evidence to support your answer?  

Chapter Twenty-Six

The highlighted sentence is an example of 
Love is an important theme in this book and series. There are many types of love present: love for Lorien, love for the fellow Lorics, love from the Cepans, and love for Earthlings even.  

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Tension and pacing are rising in this story as the characters' stories are starting to merge. Watch the video below to learn more about tension.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is the horizon significant in this moment? 
Use the Define feature and look up the definition of dissipates. Which word is the best antonym for dissipates? 
As Nine has said to John before, they are in a war. They don't have time to connect because they need to fight.  

Chapter Twenty-Eight

At this moment Six is feeling 
When they are together, all the Garde's powers are useful. Together they are able to navigate through the tunnel.  

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Watch the video below about dramatic irony, which you'll find an example of in this scene.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is this line an example of dramatic irony? 
How is Ella able to determine that something is wrong?  
Remember that the cave drawing depicted Eight's death.  

Chapter Thirty

The quickly changing points of view help increase the tension of the action.  
Who is narrating at this moment? 
Quiz #3