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At the age of 14 and standing 5 foot 10, Keladry of Mindelan is a squire. A squire serves and learns from a seasoned knight for four years, then faces a final test. That final test is the Ordeal, which takes place in a magical room called the Chamber. There, a squire encounters the parts of him or herself that the Chamber deems to be the most difficult to facebe they fears, failings, or unrepented wicked deeds. Does Kel have what it takes to survive?
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Designed for students in seventh grade, this free digital curriculum contains interactive annotations and videos which discuss topics such as point of view, character traits, and foreshadowing. Over the course of the novel, students will answer Common Core questions related to major themes, figurative language, and making inferences. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Homework #9

Squire is the third book in the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce. Keladry (also known as Kel) is the main character in the series. Despite being a girl, she is determined to become a knight. At the onset of this book, she has finished working as a page and has just become a squire. 
Consider the highlighted paragraph. What do the details about Kel's appearance tell you about her character? 
Watch the following video about conflict. What is Kel's internal conflict? What is troubling her?  (This annotation contains a video)
Consider the highlighted quote. What does Neal's response tell you about his feelings for Kel? 
Does Kel seem like someone who takes the easy way out? Or does she enjoy challenging herself? 
The Yamani Islands are not a real place. Invented places are often used as settings for fantasy books, like this novel. Watch the video below to review the fantasy genre.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does the author use descriptive language to help you envision this scene in your mind? Use details from the text to explain. 
Do you think the phrase "charming horsie" is meant sarcastically here? 
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 select 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? 
Neal tells Kel that people might have questioned whether she was actually a good squire if she was chosen by Alanna. Why? 
Based on the highlighted text, you can infer that Crown must be a sparrow. Watch the following video to review making inferences.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is causing Lalasa to become so emotional in this scene? 
The phrase "as soberly as merchants" is an example of a simile. The following video reviews the difference between a simile and a metaphor.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #10

"It seemed unlikely that anyone would maul her things..."Which of the following terms is a synonym for "maul" as it is used here? 
You can see an example of a glaive pictured below. Remember that you can use the Define feature on any unfamiliar words.  (This annotation contains an image)
Spidren were invented by the author, Tamora Pierce. They are a race of Immortals with human heads and the bodies of spiders. 
Notice how Flyndan refers to Kel's reputation. It seems improper for a young lady to be living with a knight, even if the lady is in training. This is just one example of an obstacle faced by Kel because she is a female. If she were a male squire, living with Raoul would not damage her reputation. 
Give two example from the text of times when Kel has been treated differently because of her gender. 
Have you ever wished that you could take back something you said? Consider the meaning of the highlighted text.  
Does the text suddenly seem more exciting at this point? With the pounding on the door comes a change in mood. Watch the following video about tone and mood.  (This annotation contains a video)
"The men of the Own wore burnooses as cloaks."Which word in the highlighted sentence is the MOST helpful context clue for a reader trying to understand the meaning of "burnooses"? 
So far, Kel has emerged as the protagonist of this story. Watch the video below to review the roles of protagonists and antagonists.  (This annotation contains a video)
"My lord only took you because he felt sorry for you...I did his chores before you came. I was good at it."Think back to the video you recently watched about tone and mood. Which of the following options BEST describes the tone of the highlighted remark? 

Homework #11

Notice the title of Chapter Three. It seems like the author is foreshadowing an encounter with centaurs. Watch the video below to review foreshadowing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following options BEST explains how the highlighted paragraph contributes to the text as a whole? 
You can make an inference that the term "slaves" is the word that centaurs use for horses. 
There is definitely a conflict going on between Raoul and Graystreak. Is it an internal conflict or an external conflict? Think back to the video you watched earlier.  
Who is Dom's cousin, "the Meathead"? 
The highlighted text is an example of figurative language. There is nothing actually going on which involves the moon. To "moon over" someone means to have a crush on him or her. Watch the following video to learn more about figurative language and how it is different from literal language. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on his past behavior, you should not be surprised that Lerant is causing trouble for Kel. What do you think about Kel's reaction to his unkind prank? What does this reaction reveal about her? 
"Why didn't you tell?"What does Lerant mean by the question he asks Kel here? Explain your answer. 

Homework #12

Which of the follow words is the BEST synonym for "cull," as the term is used by the centaurs? 
Fantasy books often include magic. Emmet of Fenrigh must have some sort of magical power which allows him to heal others. 
What is Raoul's golden key able to do to the map of Owlshollow? How does the golden key relate to the fantasy genre of the story? 
Notice how Kel is an obedient squire and makes the best out of situations. What are some of her other character traits? Watch the video below for more information about character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the highlighted paragraph, you can infer that Kel must be afraid of  
The image below shows you what a cutlass, this centaur's weapon of choice, looks like.  (This annotation contains an image)
Consider Kel's point of view. How does she feel about the creature? 
A griffin is part eagle, part lion. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #13

This story gives you a lot of information about Kel's point of view, but is it told from the first person perspective or the third person perspective? Watch the video below to review.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which option correctly identifies and describes the point of view from which this story is told? 
Remember that Daine has a special power and can communicate with animals.  
"'Oh, splendid,' Kel grumbled."Which of the following options BEST describes the tone used by Kel here? 
Notice that the narrator is able to describe what Kel is thinking but NOT what the other characters are thinking. What does this tell you about the point of view of this story? 

Homework #14

How does the change in setting affect Kel when she returns to the palace at the beginning of Chapter 6? 
Watch the video clip below to see real professionals jousting. Does this seem like something that you would want to do? Kel must be very brave! (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted text contains an example of  
The highlighted text contains an example of hyperbole, or extreme exaggeration. Kel might be a little sore from practice, but she certainly does not need to plan her funeral! Watch the video below to learn more about how authors use hyperbole. (This annotation contains a video)
The baths described by Kel are probably similar to the baths used by ancient Romans. You can see an example of some ancient Roman baths below. (This annotation contains an image)
Is Garvey a friend or an enemy to Kel? Explain your answer by describing Garvey's reaction to the protagonist. 
There seems to be a lot of talk about gender over the course of this novel. Do you see a theme here? Watch the video below to learn more about emerging themes.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 1: Chapters 1-6 

Homework #15

It seems like the author based Yamani culture on Japanese culture. As you continue reading, you may notice several ways in which the fictional culture of the Yamanis is similar to traditional Japanese culture. You can see a picture of women wearing Japanese kimonos below. The Yamani must wear kimonos similar to these.  (This annotation contains an image)
How would the text be different if it were told from Yukimi's point of view? Explain in 2-3 sentences. 
Who is asking the questions in the highlighted text? 
A naginata, seen in the image below, is similar to a glaive. It is a long weapon with a blade on one end. This is another example of how the author has borrowed from Japanese culture in order to create Yamani culture. (This annotation contains an image)
Consider the highlighted text. You can infer that that Shinkokami will marry  
Even though this is a fantasy novel, you can still relate to the characters. It seems like Kel develops crushes, just like a real person.  

Homework #17

"Paxton of Nond was the knight-master of Joren of Stone Mountain, Kel's old foe."Which of the following terms is the BEST antonym for "foe"? 
Muirgen must be Joren's lawyer. 
This is an example of a tense scene. Watch the video below to learn more about tension and try to identify other tense scenes as you continue reading. (This annotation contains a video)
Consider the highlighted text. How do Joren's words relate to the theme of the struggle for gender equality? 
It seems that Joren will be allowed to remain a squire and will only have to pay a fine as punishment for his crime. Does this seem fair to you? 
Consider the highlighted text. Kel is _______ other nobles because she cares so _______ about whether servants are treated fairly. 

Homework #18

Kel is asking for a favor from the king! She must be very brave to do so. Remember that the king would be the most important person in the kingdom and Kel is only a lowly squire. 
Why can't Kel challenge Joren to a fight? 
Are you surprised to see a knight sewing? Sewing is not typically depicted as a male activity. In this novel, the author does like to mix up traditional male and female gender roles. Do you like the idea that people should be able to do whatever they want to, without worrying about whether they will be judged by their genders? 
"'If you're wary, he won't surprise you too often or too unpleasantly.'"Which of the following terms is the BEST synonym for "wary"? 
Notice the details in the highlighted text. Do these words paint a picture in your mind? This is an example of imagery. Watch the video below to learn more. (This annotation contains a video)
Consider the highlighted text. How are the prince and princess getting along? 
Did you recognize the alliteration in the highlighted text? Click on the link below to review this literary device. (This annotation contains a link)
Is this scene real, or is it being imagined by Kel? Explain your answer. 

Homework #20

Have you ever felt this way about someone when you were not sure whether you had a crush on him or her? This is a great example of an internal conflict. 
"There they watched the fat, glittering serpent of the royal progress come into view."The highlighted text contains  
It seems like Raoul is notorious for trying to get out of social events. As he has said before, he avoids them in order to keep away from "matchmaking mothers"! 
Hopefully, this is another example of hyperbole. Plums are certainly way more purple than a human's skin!  (This annotation contains an image)
It is important that you know the difference between direct characterization and indirect characterization. Direct characterization occurs when a narrator states a character's traits outright. (This annotation contains an image)
Indirect characterization requires a little more work from the reader. Instead of stating a character's traits outright, the author gives you clues about what type of person a character is, usually by having the character interact with others. (This annotation contains an image)
The narrator states that Owen is someone with "no sense of tact" and "a wild courage that led him to plunge into battle outnumbered."Are these descriptions of Owen examples of direct or indirect characterization? Explain your answer. 
A lot of fantasy books, such as this one, are roughly based around the cultures of people during the middle ages. A medieval feast, such as the one that Kel is attending, might look something like the scene below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think that this comment from one of the conservatives was intended to be a sexist remark about Kel? 
Consider the highlighted line. Which of the following words BEST describes Raoul's tone? 
Think back to what you learned earlier about indirect and direct characterization. Cleon is being indirectly characterized here as someone who is quiet and reserved. 
Green tea is a beverage typically served in Asia. This is another clue that the author has based Yamani culture on Japanese culture.  (This annotation contains an image)
Explain how Yamani women are able to carry weapons without having them detected.  

Homework #21

A fief, or a fiefdom, was an estate owned by a family during the middle ages. Usually, several servants would be living on the land as well. These servants were called serfs. 
Remember that Jonathan/Jon is the current king. 
Which option BEST explains why Kel drops the finger bowl? 
Watch the following video on pacing. This is an example of a slowly paced scene. Think about pacing as you continue to read and note when the action picks up to create a fast-paced scene.  (This annotation contains a video)
Are you surprised to see Joren acting like a bully? 
This knight is saying that Joren was dragged into court like a robber, implying that he deserved better treatment. Do you agree? 
The interactions between the characters here create a ________ scene. Choose the BEST response. 
Watch the video below to review theme and ask yourself, why is the word "men" italicized here?  (This annotation contains a video)
Does the room feel small because Kel feels close to Cleon? Does she want to be close to him? It sounds like Kel has a crush for sure! 
Orris is a fragrant, flowering plant. Its roots are used in herbal medicine.  (This annotation contains an image)
Kel likes Cleon, but she doesn't want romance to interfere with her dream to be a female knight. These troubling thoughts are an example of a major________ conflict that she must struggle with as she decides her future. 
You can infer that Raoul figured out that there was a romance between Cleon and Kel just as soon as it sprang up. What do you think Kel should do? 
The idea of a woman's body belonging to herself is a very feminist idea and relates to the theme of gender equality. This concept is common now, but it is a little bit unusual to hear of a woman being in control of her own body during a period like the middle ages. In the real middle ages, women were expected to be virgins until marriage. 
Consider the highlighted text. Kel's mother was described as if she were a(n) __________ instead of a woman. 

Homework #23

Did you recognize this as an example of figurative language? 
According to Kel, why is a gelding a better horse for a knight than a stallion? 
It is relieving to know that even though Kel is trained as a warrior, she still has a compassionate heart. Do you think this quality makes her a more likeable protagonist? 
Think back to the video you watched about protagonists and antagonists. Ansil is definitely one of Kel's antagonists, and he seems very sexist as well! Do you think he would be so disrespectful towards her if she were a man? 
Kel is characterized by the author as a very modest, or humble, person. Even when she has the opportunity to brag, she does not. Do you think this protagonist is a good role model for readers? 
Although this story is told in the third person, it focuses on Kel's point of view. How does the focus on Kel's point of view help the reader to see gender discrimination and bias against women? 
You know that Peachblossom can be a difficult horse, but this is really strange behavior for him.  
In her joust with Voelden, Kel sustained 
Can you imagine trying to bathe an animal like this? Think about those claws! (This annotation contains an image)
Daine has taken the shape of a harpy, a creature from Greek myth. Maybe this will help the griffins speak with her.  (This annotation contains an image)
Something "brindled" might look kind of like a tabby cat. The image of the cat below may give you an idea of what the feathers look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
Over time, the knights have become  
Wyldon is a pretty intimidating opponent! Is Kel more flattered by being matched to him or is she more worried about failure? 
Which of the following words BEST describes Wyldon's tone as he talks to Kel in this scene? 
Quiz 2: Chapters 7-12 

Homework #24

It seems like the iron door is a motif for Kel's greatest fears. Watch this video to learn more about motif.  (This annotation contains a video)
What may happen to Cleon if he does not successfully face his ordeal? 
"Clank" is an example of onomatopoeia, or when words are used to describe sounds. You can probably think of several others that you have heard of before. (This annotation contains an image)
Remember the video you watched earlier about theme? There can be more than one theme in a story. One theme in this story is the struggle for gender equality. Another theme in the story is coming-of-age, or growing up. Going through ordeals and having crushes are examples of the characters going through adolescence to reach adulthood. This is a theme everyone can relate to! 
Vinson confesses that he violently attacked some women in the past. What has the Chamber done to him in return? 
What Kel is considering right now has value in the real world. If you or someone you know is assaulted or bullied, you should report it. It is rarely easy to be brave, but your actions could save someone else from going through the same experience. 
Could Buri be a possible role model for Kel? Why? 
Why do maids in particular struggle with gender equality? 

Homework #25

The celebration of Midwinter in this story seems to correspond to the celebration of Christmas in the real world. Before Christmas was popular, people had a similar celebration in the middle of winter called Yule. Medieval Yule celebrations were probably more similar to the Midwinter celebrations in the story than modern Christmas celebrations.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following quotes is an example of figurative language as opposed to literal language? 
It seems that some people, the "conservatives," believe that Kel has the ability to affect the outcome of the Chamber ordeals through some form of witchery. In the real world, females have also been persecuted as witches for completely imaginary crimes. Research the Salem witch trials in your spare time if you are interested in learning more. Gender roles played a big part in the witch-hunt hysteria surrounding the trials.  (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following options BEST describes Kel's tone in the highlighted text? 
Now the author reveals why Wyldon is leaving! Do you think the failures of Joren and Vinson are his fault? 
Why does Kel convince Wyldon to take Owen as a squire? 
The author most likely based the Bazhir on the Bedouin people of our world. They are a nomadic people who travel the Arabian and Syrian deserts. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following options BEST describes the mood of this scene? 

Homework #27

People in this story can communicate over long distances by using magical crystals. The practice of looking into crystals to reach "beyond" is called scrying. This is a pretty common practice in works of fantasy. You are probably familiar with the idea of a witch or wizard gazing into a crystal ball. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain how the element of magic helps the people of Bay Cove to receive help after the earthquake. 
The phrase "cheerful brutality" is an example of an oxymoron. It gives two opposite ideas that seem to contradict one another. Please visit the link below to learn a little more about this literary device. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following quotes is an example of hyperbole? 
Does Kel care more about marriage or becoming a knight? Is she typical of most girls in her world, or much different? 
"The big hammer of Wyldon's impact struck her shield..."Which of the following literary devices is used in this line? 
Even Lord Raoul avoids jousting with Wyldon. Although Kel did not win her latest jousting match, can it still be considered a victory for her? 
How does the current scene relate to the theme of the struggle for gender equality? Explain your answer. 

Homework #28

The highlighted text is an example of personification. A shield cannot actually be waiting like a person. Watch the video below to learn more about personification.  (This annotation contains a video)
Did you notice the personification here when you read the highlighted text? 
"'How long?' she whispered."What is Kel asking here? 
Could these visions be a clue about what Kel will experience when she actually enters the Chamber? What do you expect her to find waiting for her when she finally goes to face her ordeal? 
What does "noble" mean as it is used here? Use context clues to help you decide. 
You won't find the correct definition of "beard" as it is used here by using the Define feature. To beard someone means to confront that person. 
A kraken, pictured below, is a legendary monster similar to a giant squid. Some people today argue that there really are squids this large living in the depths of the ocean! (This annotation contains an image)
What does "seeing the kraken" mean in this story? 
Details about the seasons and Kel's birthday inform you about the passage of time in the story. Have the past several pages been fast-paced or paced slowly?  
Consider the events in the highlighted text. How is the plot of the story paced at this point? Explain your answer. 

Homework #30

Does the author's use of a metaphor help you to picture how sticky and messy climbing the sappy pine is in the summer heat?  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following quotations from the highlighted paragraph tells you that the limited third person narrator is aware of the protagonist's thoughts? 
Use the Define feature to look up the word "poleyn." Are you now able to identify this piece on the suit of armor below? (This annotation contains an image)
Why is there a pillar of smoke? 
How are the Scantron using magic to their advantage in this scene? Explain in your own words. 
The highlighted line contains foreshadowing. It seems that something unfortunate will happen. Have these arrows been magicked? Watch the video below to learn more about what foreshadowing is and how authors use it.  (This annotation contains a video)
This is an enormous honor for a squire! 
Here the author uses _________ to create a _________ mood. 
This is another example of a very tense scene. Can you identify which elements are causing tension in the story right now? 
How does Kel finally earn the men's respect? 

Homework #32

The story is building to the climax, which will likely occur when Kel has her experience in the Chamber of the Ordeal.  (This annotation contains an image)
"She still thought he was optimistic."What does Kel think Raoul is being optimistic about? 
Could the conservatives have set this up just to keep an eye on Kel? 
What does Kel mean by her response to Neal's question? Explain. 
There is so much tension in this scene! Do you think Kel is about to face an internal or an external conflict? Or both? 
Now the Kel has reached the time of her ordeal, the story is at the peak of the action, or the  
Is any of this scene real? Does it seem real to Kel? 
It is revealed that the Chamber does more than just decide if someone is worthy of being a knight. It appears that Chamber also sends the person on a quest to fulfill a certain destiny. 
What does Kel receive when she completes the ordeal? 
Are you at all surprised to learn that Alanna was Kel's benefactor the whole time? 
Quiz 3: Chapters 13-18