Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception

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Kevin doesn't mean to make trouble when he lies. He's just really good at it, and it makes life so much easier. But as his lies pile up, he finds himself in big-and funny-trouble with his friends, family, and teachers. He's got to find a way to&end his lying streak-forever.
Curriculet Details
24 Questions
25 Annotations
2 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for sixth grade students contains interactive videos exploring different kinds of characters as well as figurative language. The annotations include photographs, explanations, and links to helpful websites that enhance student learning. Students will explore the themes of friendship, family relations, ethics, and repairing relationships. 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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What do you think of this assertion? Have you had this experience with some people? 
Which of the following have we NOT learned in this forward? 

Chapter 1 - A Good Lie Furthers Your Agenda

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? 
We can tell right from the beginning that Katie is  
In addition to lying frequently, Kevin exaggerates and uses other kinds of figurative language. To get a better handle on examples of figurative language, watch the following video.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Kevin invent the story about being ill and unable to do schoolwork? 

Chapter 2 - A Good Lie Can Support Any Plan

If you had to pick a song for the background of Kevin falling in love, what would it be? Why? 
The highlighted sentence contains __________ to make a point about how often Kevin thinks about Tina. 
Kevin seems to be obsessing about Katie. Have you ever felt this way about someone, when you wanted to learn everything about him or her? 
What do you think of Kevin's plan to use aspects of a military campaign to win over Tina? 

Chapter 3 - A Good Lie Begins with an Element of the Truth

Have you noticed how we get to know most of the other characters through Kevin's point of view, as opposed to meeting them directly? How does this shape our opinions of them? 
How does the author let us know Kevin's point of view most of the time? 
How would you characterize Kevin's relationship with his two siblings and his parents? How does this compare to your relationship with your family members? If you find it helpful, use the painting below as a starting point.  (This annotation contains an image)
What can we infer from the highlighted text? 
The book cover below, of Lady Chatterly's Lover, gives us a idea of what content Kevin might have been hoping to find. It is a book usually read by students in high school or college.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4 - A Good Lie Can be Used More Than Once

You are probably familiar with the story of Pinocchio, the boy whose nose grows when he lies. Compare that to how relatively easy it seems for Kevin to lie. Do you think Kevin will ever get caught? 
Watch the following video about character traits, and use what you know about Kevin to anticipate what he will do with this information about the student government meeting.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 5 - A Good Lie Has an Outcome Advantageous to All Parties

Kevin continues to use the metaphor of ________________ to describe his efforts to become Tina's boyfriend. 
Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, pictured below, is perhaps the most famous woman with a monobrow. (This annotation contains an image)
What is your opinion of Kevin at this point in the story? Is he mostly likable or unlikable? Explain your response. 

Chapter 6 - A Good Lie Has Humor and Style

While JonPaul's obsession with germs provides some comic relief in this book, hypochondria is form of anxiety which affects many people. Do you know anyone afflicted with this? 
What does Kevin's friendship with JonPaul suggest about Kevin? 
Do you see a parallel between Kevin's lying and JonPaul's stealing of Markie's EpiPen? 

Chapter 7 - Good Lies Make the World Go Round

The tone of most of this book so far is 
The author uses onomatopoeia to help us imagine the sound of the calculator. Pictured below is the kind of calculator many people used before they had (silent) calculator apps on their phones and computers, or a more modern model. Have you seen or used one of these?  (This annotation contains an image)
What does this chapter reveal about Kevin? 
Quiz One 

Chapter 8 - A Good Lie Takes on a Life of Its Own

Earlier, we saw a video about character traits. As we will learn more about some characters in this half of the story, watch the following video about static and dynamic characters, and be prepared to answer a question about this later on.  (This annotation contains a video)
Describe Kevin's mom from his perspective. What do you think of his views? 
What do we see in the parents' relationship from this exchange? How do you think it will influence the following pages? 
Which of the following best summarizes what is happening in this chapter? 
Sometimes when parents are fighting, the children in a family grow closer. Have you ever seen this happen? 

Chapter 9 - A Good Lie Shows You the Truth

What does Kevin mean by "the Kitchen Scene," and why do you think the author chooses to capitalize the words? 
If you work as a babysitter or are considering doing this, you might find the following page of tips helpful.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why is Kevin tempted to lie to Markie? 
What does Kevin learn from this day with Markie? 

Chapter 10 - A Good Lie Can Turn on You

What does Kevin hope to accomplish by telling Katie the truth? 
Katie's feelings of embarrassment probably contribute to her unwillingness to excuse Kevin for his behavior. 
Look up the word "hazmat" and choose what the author intends by using it. 

Chapter 11 - A Good Lie Requires a Great Apology

Every one of us makes mistakes and has a need to apologize. Below is a link to a website that provides good guidelines for making a genuine apology.  (This annotation contains a link)
What does this chapter reveal about Kevin? Are you surprised? Explain your thinking. 

Chapter 12 - A Good Lie Demands Substantial Amends

Do you agree with Kevin that "a joke could lighten the mood"? How does the author use humor in this book?  
Which of the following best describes how Kevin is feeling now? 

Chapter 13 - A Good Lie Hurts a Little Less When It's Out in the Open

What does it mean for a family to be "pretty normal?" Do you think this will happen for Kevin's family? Why or why not? 
Look up the word "dubious" and explain why the three siblings feel this way. 
Compare this family scene with the one depicted in the painting below by Carmen Lomas Garza. What similarities do you see? What differences?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 14 - A Good Lie is an Oxymoron

What does this final chapter title mean? 
The Amish are a traditional religious group with communities in several parts of the United States. Kevin uses this reference to them in a negative way, reflecting ignorance and prejudice against the Amish people. When you finish this book, you might do a bit of research about this community and see what you can learn. 
Kevin and Markie's relationship 
Quiz Two 
Do you think Kevin has a better chance of winning Tina over now that he has changed, or were his chances better before? Explain your thinking.