The Lying Game #4: Hide and Seek

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Hide and Seek, from Sara Shepard’s YA Lying Game series, delivers dark family secrets, devious pranks, and nail-biting suspense. Like Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series, The Lying Game is now also an ABC Family original TV show.
Separated at birth, twin sisters Emma Paxton and Sutton Mercer never had a chance to meet. And now they never will. Someone murdered Sutton and forced Emma into taking her place.

Sutton can only watch from beyond the grave as Emma tries to figure out who killed her—and why. But as Emma digs deeper, the girls discover that the truth may be far more terrible than they’d ever imagined—and the killer may be a lot closer to home….

Curriculet Details
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3 Quizzes

Designed for students in ninth and tenth grades, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining literary elements such as dramatic irony, the types of characterization, as well as the types of characters that exist in literature. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about the mystery genre and more in depth information about such things as red herrings. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of character motivation, important plot elements, and the elements of a mystery as it applies to this novel. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Prologue: Dead Like Me

Just in case you haven't read the other three books, Sutton, the first-person narrator, is sharing the backstory. Interestingly, Sutton is not the only narrator. Emma, her twin, narrates in third-person limited style. Not sure what these two points of view are? Watch this video clip for more details.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following point of views is evident in the highlighted text? 

1 Don’t Feed the Earthlings

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? 
How did Ethan and Emma meet? 
Never seen or heard of this version of Star Trek? Click below to watch a short clip.  (This annotation contains a video)
Contrast Emma and Sutton, based on what you have read so far. Use textual evidence to support your response. 
Do the highlighted sentences seem to jump off the page? They are rich with imagery. Watch the video on imagery below and look for more examples as you read.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is NOT a reason Emma gives for believing Laurel is a suspect? 
This novel is turning into a mystery, a specific genre of story. Laurel is the first suspect.  (This annotation contains an image)

2 To Grandmother’s House We Go

Explain why the highlighted text is a good example of third-person limited point of view. 
Another part of what makes this series so entertaining is the many examples of dramatic irony. We, the audience, know that Emma is only pretending to be Sutton. Because Emma doesn't know who the killer is, she can never tell if the people she is talking to know the truth. Watch the video below to learn more about dramatic irony as a literary device. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Mr. Mercer say to support the argument that Emma is not causing trouble for her family? 
Pay attention to the flashbacks in the story. They are especially helpful if you haven't read the entire series. 
Use Curriculet's dictionary definition function and decide which of the below reworded sentence best matches "subtext" as it is used in the sentence. 
To help us decide what to think, the author uses two types of characterization, direct and indirect. Direct characterization is when readers are explicitly told something about a character. Indirect characterization, as seen here, is when readers are expected to look at what a character says and does, as well as what others say about the character.  

3 Volleying with the Enemy

Based on the highlighted paragraph, why is Thayer not a suspect in Sutton's death? 
So far in the series, Nisha has been static, or unchanging. It is possible that in this book Nisha will be dynamic. Watch the video below on static and dynamic characters and make a prediction about Nisha.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on this exchange between Nisha and Emma, why might Ethan be considered a dynamic character? 
Will Nisha and Emma end up being friends, as it seems Sutton and Nisha used to be? 
What is one way that Emma and Sutton are different, based on the highlighted text? 

4 The Ungiving Tree

One of the reasons this series is called The Lying Game is because Sutton and her friends used to prank each other in dangerous ways. 
How do Emma's friends interpret her question about Laurel? 
The author is asking you to infer that the prank must have been done by the Lying Game gang. Watch this video for more information on how to infer evidence from a text.  (This annotation contains a video)
Compare and contrast the group's freshman pranks with ones you have seen in your own life. 
What will happen to Emma's friends as a result of the prank? 

5 The Devious Four

Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
As Emma changes to become more like how she imagines Sutton was, Emma demonstrates that she is dynamic. Pay attention to how Emma changes throughout the novel. 
The characterization in the highlighted text can best be described as 
Will peer pressure be enough to make Emma's friends confess to a crime they did not commit? 
Why does Thayer most likely leave the girls? 

6 Evidence Locker

The practice of yoga is about uniting the body and the mind. Watch this short introduction video to see some yoga poses.  (This annotation contains a video)
How has Nisha demonstrated she is becoming a dynamic character? 
If Laurel doesn't have an alibi for the entire night, she is still a suspect. 
Explain in your own words why this text is significant to the story. 

7 Can You Hear Me Now?

The italics here signify that this is a flashback. Watch the video on flashback below and think about why the author chose to include them. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted text is an example of 

8 A Brush with Danger

Sutton can only remember small parts of her past, which make her an unreliable narrator.  
How does Emma return Laurel's phone? 
Sutton is talking about Emma watching her back, not Laurel. 

9 That’s One Way to Win

Which type of characterization is used here to describe Mrs. Landry? 
The highlighted text brings up a great point.  
Based on textual evidence, how do you think Ethan feels at this moment? Use evidence to support your claim. 
Who is interpreting Ethan correctly, Sutton or Emma? 
Which of the following definitions of "chagrin" is correct as it is used here? 
Now that Emma is part of the group, will Ethan help the Lying Game gang? 
Using indirect characterization, what can you determine about Bethany's character? 
Laurel demonstrates for Emma that she can control Thayer. Does this make it more or less likely that she knows Emma is not Sutton? 

10 Smoking Gun

Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
So far, Emma has impersonated Sutton without many consequences. Will this continue after graduation? 
Why is this sentence a good example of dramatic irony? 

11 Too Hot to Handle

This is a good example of direct characterization. The author is telling you what to think about Emma. 
Why is the highlighted text a good example of dramatic irony? 
This is a good example of how third-person limited point of view works. We readers don't know how the teens broke in because Emma doesn't know either. 
Why are the girls worried about the rustling sound? 
Is wandering away a good idea? Read the next part and decide. 
Why is Thayer's revelation about Laurel so important? 
Quiz One 

12 Track Meet

Garrett was once Sutton's boyfriend. Nisha told Emma she dated Garrett only to get back at Sutton. 
What does Ethan's reaction to the photo reveal about him? 
Is Emma right to be afraid of Laurel? 
Which definition best fits "contemplative" as it is used in the highlighted sentence? 

13 Grandmothers Know Best

This is another example of direct characterization. What is the author saying about Mrs. Mercer? 
What type of point of view is evident in the highlighted text? 

14 Racketeering

Sutton's memories of Laurel are mixed. In some, she and Laurel get along wonderfully. In others, she is cruel to Laurel. Could Laurel have killed Sutton? 
Why might Emma touching the racket cause her to be framed? 

15 The Birthday Surprise

See below for what a similar high-end resort in Arizona looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following statements is the best example of imagery? 
Not sure what Shirley Temples are? You can use context clues to figure it out. They are especially helpful when a dictionary can't tell you the definition of a word. See below for more details.  (This annotation contains a video)
Where was Thayer, when everyone thought he was missing? 
What clues do you have that Ethan's parents are not kind to him? 
Which type of characterization is evident in the highlighted text? 
We are about to follow Sutton into the past through another flashback.  

16 Another One Bites the Dust

Would you consider Sutton to be a dynamic character? Why or why not? 
Why is Sutton's dad so angry? 
Which of the following structural devices best describes this section? 

17 Hit and Run

Is this the first time we've seen Emma have a flashback? 
Why is this revelation from Thayer so important to the plot? 
What is Mr. Mercer's motive for murder? 

18 Watch Your Back

Clues, suspects, pieces... like the books before it, this story is shaping up to be a mystery. Mysteries are a genre of writing that typically have specific rules. Watch the video below to learn more about mysteries.  (This annotation contains a video)
What point of view is evident in the highlighted text? 

19 One Big Unhappy Family

This paragraph is a great example of "show, don't tell," a technique that calls for writers to use imagery and characterization to allow the reader to decide how a character is feeling. How is Emma feeling right now, based on the clues given? 
What is the author showing you about Grandma Mercer? 
Can you tell what Grandma Mercer is inferring here? That Emma is hungover because she drank too much. 
Explain in your own words what this highlighted simile means.  

20 Where It All Began

Emma sees the fingerprints as evidence of Mr. Mercer's guilt. 
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Is breaking in to Mr. Mercer's office a good idea? 
Why is it unusual for Emma to see Becky here? 
This scene with Becky was just a dream sequence, perhaps based on her conversation with Ethan about happy families and treasure maps. 

21 Wandering Minds

What evidence does Gabby use to determine that the students won't get in trouble for breaking in to the school? 
Do you think Mr. Mercer is guilty? 
What is happening in Madeline's life that might make her angry with Laurel? 
This exchange here could be an example of conflict in the story. See below for some different types of conflict that can be evident in a story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Can you feel the suspense in this cliffhanger of an ending? Suspense and cliffhangers are major elements of a mystery, all designed to make you want to read on. Watch this video to learn more about suspense.  (This annotation contains a video)

22 Play Along

Which type of conflict is evident in the highlighted text? 
Is it possible Mr. Mercer confessed to killing Sutton in this scene? If that's the case, why is he calling Emma "Sutton"? 
Quiz 2 

23 The Rattlesnake in the Room

Which of the following definitions fits best with the context for the word "googling" as used in the highlighted text? 
Read between the lines to see why Laurel has been so hostile towards Emma lately. 
Based on Laurel's reaction to both Emma's question and Mr. Mercer's phone call, how does Laurel most likely feel about her father? 
The Twitter Twins add comic relief to a tense scene. Unfortunately, they are absent from the ABC show The Lying Game. 

24 Mano a Mano

How do the locker decorations reflect the differences between Emma and Sutton? 
Can you tell from this exchange what happened between Garrett, Sutton, and Thayer? 
What is Thayer's motivation for fighting Garrett? 
Below is an image of what this restaurant might have looked like.  (This annotation contains an image)
Based on evidence from the text, who is Emma referring to? 
Decide for yourself if Emma is becoming more like Sutton or if she is remaining true to herself. 

25 Midnight Snack

Who does Emma imply put bruises on Madeline's arms and legs? 
Will Madeline be happy that Emma knows Thayer's secrets? 
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
What would Ethan do if he could see the two together? 

26 Call the Doctor

List two illegal things Emma has done in order to find Sutton's killer. 
Can you make a inference that the receptionist doesn't trust Emma? 
Predict what will Emma most likely do? 
What will Mr. Mercer say, if he catches Emma in his office? 

27 This Means War

Why does Emma most likely duck her head? 
Emma feels Mrs. Mercer is living the lie. What do you think? 
Use what you know so far to predict what kind of relationship Mr. Mercer and Raven Jennings have. 

28 Breaking and Entering

Bouncers traditionally keep underage people out of bars and nightclubs.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which movie is this cartoon a reference to? 
Before the rest of Lying Game got involved, the prank was not vindictive. What is about to happen? 
Sutton has changed since her death. What type of character is she? 
How does Emma feel about the additional prank? 
Describe Ethan and Emma's relationship as it stands in this scene. 
What an awesome simile! 
Based on how Quinlan acts in this scene, who must he be? 

29 Motel Hell

By personifying the diner in this way, the reader can infer that this part of town is not affluent. Watch this video to learn more about personification.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which literary device is evident in the highlighted text? 
To add to the suspense of a scene, sometimes authors will end a chapter with a short statement, even sometimes a fragment, to add to the tension. 

30 Diner Dash

Who does Emma expect to meet at the diner? 
What will Emma do if Raven is not present? 
What structural device must be evident in the following chapter? 

31 A Fateful Goodbye

Have you ever heard of a "red herring" in a mystery? A red herring is a clue that is intentionally misleading. Could this be a red herring?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Sutton so convinced that Mr. Mercer is having an affair? 
What is the red herring in this case? 
Now we know why Mr. Mercer is behaving so strangely.  

32 Grandfather Clause

Explain in your own words the important information that Emma just learned. 
As with many mysteries, many elements of the story will be clarified at the end. One major issue, that of Sutton's death and Emma's existence, adds an element of dramatic irony to the text.  
Why is the highlighted text an example of dramatic irony? 

33 She’s Back

Unlike Sutton, who so enjoyed secrets, Emma believes in being open with everyone. This is one way they are very different. What are others? 
What does it mean when an author ends a chapter with a short statement, as in the highlighted text? 

34 Mama Drama

The story does not with a resolution to Sutton's murder, but rather with a new suspect in the case. Will the next book reveal who is the murderer?  
Quiz 3