Forged by Fire
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This story is the second in a trilogy of books about students at Hazelwood High School, a fictional place. If you have not read the first book in this series, don't worry! The events of this story will still make sense, because it actually flashes back to an earlier time in the characters' lives. But click below if you want to to see a brief summary of what happens in the book that comes first. (This annotation contains a link)
The images in the highlighted section of text help readers to understand that
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?
Which of the following quotes from the text supports the inference that Gerald will enjoy living with Aunt Queen?
You may have noticed by now that the narrator of this story knows the thoughts and feelings of multiple characters. This is called a third-person omniscient point of view. Think of this point of view as a narrator who is a camera that can see a scene from all different angles and know what each character in that scene is thinking, like the graphic pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the context of the passage, the word "dreading" as it is used in the highlighted sentence most closely means
The narrator's comments in the highlighted section of text are an example of foreshadowing, or hinting towards events coming later. Watch the brief video below to learn a bit more about foreshadowing. What could the foreshadowed events of Gerald's story possibly be? (This annotation contains a video)
In this paragraph, the author includes several sensory details. Sensory details are descriptions that help the reader hear, see, taste, touch, smell, or feel the action. In this example, we can hear the clicking of high heels and Gerald's mother's laughter, and we can see the color of her shiny dress and her coffee-brown skin. How do sensory details like these impact your connection to the story? (This annotation contains an image)
The man in the cowboy boots can be described as
Angel's reaction to Queen's suggestion is important to notice. Why do you think Angel would be so frightened at the thought of taking off her stockings?
How does the fact that this story has an omniscient (all-knowing) narrator rather than a narrator who knows only Gerald's thoughts impact a reader's understanding of this scene?
Why does Gerald jump between Jordan and Angel when Jordan is about to hit her?
As Gerald and Angel adjust to their new life with Monique and Jordan, you will begin to see the themes of the book emerging. Watch the video below to remind you what to look for to identify the themes of a text. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following statements best summarizes Gerald and Angel's conversation about telling someone about Jordan's abuse?
It is important to notice how much Angel loves Tiger. How has the kitten impacted Angel's life so far, and how do you protect she will continue to?
Monique's primary concern has always seemed to be
Mr. Washington seems different from Jordan in nearly every way. How do you think his presence in Gerald and Angel's life could impact their experience through the rest of the story?
Inside the courtroom, Gerald and Angel will face a group of people whose jobs it is important for you to know. Follow the link below to see short descriptions of who does what in a court of law, and read the descriptions titled "Lawyers," "The Judge," and "Jury." (This annotation contains a link)
Based on the context of the passage, the word "essential" most closely means
The author's choice to describe Angel's movements as "graceful" help contribute to a narrative tone of ______ towards the character.
Now that he has been absent from the story for a bit, you have probably recognized that Jordan is the greatest source of Gerald's conflict in this story. In fact, Jordan is the story's primary antagonist. Watch the video below to learn what an antagonist is and how they function in a story. How long do you think the story will carry on without an antagonist? (This annotation contains a video)
This detail foreshadows for readers that
This run-in between Dante and B.J. draws from the biblical story of David and Goliath, pictured below. David was a small soldier and Goliath a strong giant, sent from the enemy to kill him. David killed Goliath by slinging rocks at him, as unlikely of a victory as B.J. overtaking Dante by tae kwon do. (This annotation contains an image)
The more time Gerald spends with the Washingtons, the more he learns lessons about
This comparison of Jordan and Mr. Washington helps readers see that it is something about Jordan's personality, not just his appearance, that makes him such an antagonistic character.
Dances like the one Angel performs often tell a story that is close to the life of the person dancing. Watch the video below for another example of a dance that tells a story. Then ask yourself how the emotions of this dance may be similar or different to Angel's dance in the story. (This annotation contains a video)
The performance attendees' different responses to Angel's performance reveal to readers
What do we learn about Angel's character from her response to her mother's accident?
For a while, Jordan seemed to have really changed during his time in prison. But keep an eye out for moments like this when his facade (or fake exterior) begins to fall, showing who he really is.
Throughout this story, the classic theme of fire is used to represent
In this story, Sharon Draper includes many characters who represent famous archetypes, such as a hero (Gerald) or a damsel in distress (Angel), but all with a new twist. Watch the brief video below that explains archetypes in literature, and listen for similarities to the characters you have been reading about. (This annotation contains a video)
Do you remember what the old man at the buffet told the boys after their acappella performance? He told them, "Enjoy your youth…tomorrow it may be gone." Keep these wise words in mind as you read the following scene.
The image of "huge, burning, explosions of pain" helps readers understand that
You will notice language about fire has been used all throughout this text. In this case, Gerald and Andy are described as "consumed" by their emotions, just like fire (as pictured below) "consumes" anything it comes in contact with. How does the theme of fire help hold this story together? (This annotation contains an image)
Describing Angel's voice as asking "warily" helps readers understand that she is feeling
Here, the author uses another flame metaphor to refer to the anger between Gerald and Jordan. How does this metaphor make the moment even more intense?
Monique's response indicates to readers that she