Pretty Little Liars #5: Wicked

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In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four very pretty girls just can't help but be bad. . . .

Hanna will do anything to be Rosewood's queen bee. Spencer's digging up her family's secrets. Emily can't stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little too strongly of her mom's taste in men.

Now that Ali's killer is finally behind bars, the girls think they're safe. But those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. And they should know by now that I'm always watching. . . .
Curriculet Details
37 Questions
39 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 8th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining irony, denotation/connotation, and imagery. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about theme and character development. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of central idea/theme, point of view/author's purpose, and textual evidence. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know…

As you begin reading this prologue, notice the structure of the text. Pay attention as you continue into the rest of the text to see if it remains the same or if it changes once the actual chapters of the book begin. 
Based on everyone's reactions to the announcement for the Time Capsule, you can infer 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? 
In the highlighted text, why is the word the in italics?  

Chapter 1

A chakra is a center of spiritual energy in the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. This invisible energy created by the chakras is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. Below is an image that shows the seven chakras. The "guilt chakra" is the blue (throat). (This annotation contains an image)
There are many times throughout this series of novels where characters jump to conclusions without sufficient evidence. Which of the following is not an example of an assumption made by one or more characters? 

Chapter 2

Below is a brief video reviewing theme. After watching the video, try to think about possible themes as you continue reading. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the highlighted text, which of the following adjectives does not describe Hanna's feelings regarding Kate? 

Chapter 3

The author of these novels includes a great deal of imagery, or the use of vivid and descriptive language, to help the readers visualize the story. After reviewing the examples below, reread the highlighted text. Can you picture how Ella looks? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the lines below is not an example of imagery? 
The author describes the woman as resembling Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians. What is she implying with this comparison? 

Chapter 4

Which of the summaries below best describes Spencer's life since admitting she cheated on the Golden Orchid essay? 

Chapter 5

Review the short video below that discusses point of view. How would you best describe the point of view of this novel? Was the prologue in the same point of view? You may revisit it if you need to. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the highlighted text reveal about Hanna? 

Chapter 6

As you have probably learned before, words have a denotation, or dictionary definition, as well as a connotation. The connotation is the feeling that is associated with a word. In the example below, you can tell that there are different shades of meaning to the words listed. Looking at the text, does the word gaunt have a positive or negative connotation? (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text is an example of which of the following? 
Notice that Emily loved sledding until Ali told her it was "dorky." Does it seem like Ali has a positive influence on the girls' lives? Is there textual evidence to support your thoughts? 

Chapter 7

Which of the following is a reason that the case against Ian may not be as strong as originally thought? 
Imagine Spencer's shock and surprise. Not only have her parents been treating her coldly, now she has just found out that she is not in her grandmother's will. What possible reasons can you think of that would have made her grandmother leave her out of the will? 

Chapter 8

Why is Aria so surprised when Ella asks her about Mr. Fitz? 
Below is an image showing the three main types of irony. Think about Aria's situation right now. Which type of irony is it? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 9

If this section were being written as a script, which of the following would not be an important detail that should be included?  
Do you think it's a coincidence that the girls get a message from A just after Ian is temporarily released from jail? 

Chapter 10

Which of the following best describes Officer Wilden's reaction to the new messages from A? 
Characters are developed in many ways. After watching the short video below, think about Spencer. How would you describe her? Consider her words as well as her actions when thinking about this character. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 11

A hyperbole is an exaggeration used for effect. Which of the following lines of text is the best example of hyperbole? 
In one of the earlier books in this series, Kate double-crossed Hanna and caused a lot of problems for her. Do you think that Kate is sincere in her apology? What textual evidence supports your answer? 
Quiz #1 

Chapter 12

What do the italicized words in the dialogue show? 
Below is a clip from the movie that Aria mentions, The Philadelphia story. After watching the clip, please answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
After watching the video clip from The Philadelphia Story, think about Aria and Xavier in comparison to Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in the movie. Which statement below best summarizes the comparison? 

Chapter 13

Earlier in the novel, you watched a video explaining theme. Below is a graphic that reviews the definition and it also gives some examples of common themes in literature. Are you noticing any themes that are developing in this book? (This annotation contains an image)
Which statement accurately states what Emily notices about Wilden? 

Chapter 14

Think about earlier in the novel when Kate apologized to Hanna. Is this action fitting with her apology, or does it seem like Kate is up to something? 
Which statement seems to be true about Hanna? 

Chapter 15

Melissa has come to the conclusion that Spencer is adopted. Do you think there is enough evidence to support this statement? Are there any other instances of characters jumping to conclusions in this novel?  
Based on Spencer's reaction in the highlighted text, what can you infer about her? 

Chapter 16

Consider all of the evidence in the case against Ian. Do you believe he killed Ali? What textual evidence supports your idea? 
Why does the author use the simile about musical chairs? 

Chapter 17

Sometimes authors tell us things about characters directly. Other times, readers must consider things characters say and do, and then form a judgment about the traits of a character. Reread the highlighted text, then look at the list of traits below. Which ones fit Naomi, Riley, and Kate? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following best describes the girls based on the highlighted conversation? 
Pictured below is a love bracelet from the store Cartier. The price of this type of bracelet ranges from $1,200 up to over $200,000. Use this information as well as the text to answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains an image)
Would you want Hanna as a friend? Why or why not? 

Chapter 18

Which of the following is not an example of textual evidence that supports the statement that Spencer is nervous? 
Could Ian be telling the truth? He claims there was a blond girl with Ali. If Ian didn't kill Ali, who might it have been? 

Chapter 19

Emily is trying to figure out who she is. Which type of conflict is this an example of? 
There are many people who believe that astrology can tell you many things about yourself. Below is an astrology sheet for beginners, and it gives some of the basic information regarding astrology. (This annotation contains an image)
How do Isaac's and Emily's feelings about the event differ? 
What conclusion has Emily jumped to here? Do you think Maya told Xavier about her and Emily? 

Chapter 20

Reread the highlighted sentence. Which type of figurative language is being used? 
Should Aria let her mom know what kind of person Xavier is? What advice would you give her if you were her friend? 

Chapter 21

Consider how Spencer has felt over the course of this novel. Which of the following themes is developing? 
Several of the girls have had dreams about Ali, and in the dreams, Ali has been trying to tell them something. Do you think it's really the girls' subconscious minds trying to make them remember something? 

Chapter 22

Which statement is the best example of textual evidence to support the statement that Hanna is nervous about her new "friends"? 
Consider everything that the new A seems to know about the girls. Who could it possibly be? 
Quiz #2 

Chapter 23

By analyzing the highlighted text, Mrs. DiLaurentis can best be described as  
What do you think happened to Ian? What could he possibly have to gain by disappearing? When he shows up, he will likely be in even more trouble, so would it be worth it? 

Chapter 24

"Et tu, Brute?" (Even you, Brutus?) is an expression that has come down in history to mean the ultimate betrayal by one's closest friend. It is a line from William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar when Julius realizes his friend has joined with Caesar's enemies. The highlighted text is an example of which of the following? 
Notice how A's notes have made Hanna feel nervous and insecure about her relationship with Kate. Keep this in mind as you continue reading. 

Chapter 25

Which of the following examples of textual evidence supports the claim that Emily's family is not quite as wealthy as the other girls' families? 
Think about the types of conflicts that Emily and Isaac are going through at the party. Are their conflicts the same? 
Which of these themes is exemplified by Emily's realization? 

Chapter 26

After reviewing the short video below on personification, look back at the highlighted text. What is the benefit of using personification in a text? (This annotation contains a video)
How has Spencer changed over the course of this novel? 

Chapter 27

In bee colonies, the queen bee is the dominant female and the other bees follow and fiercely protect her. Why is this term used to describe Hanna? (This annotation contains an image)
How would this scene be different if it were written from Kate's perspective? 
It seems that, like Emily, Hanna has learned an important lesson. Unfortunately for Hanna, hers seems to have come at a higher cost than Emily's. 

Chapter 28

Why does the author use the hyperbole in the highlighted text? 
Aria is in a really difficult situation with a lot of conflict. Should she tell her mom or her brother? Will they be mad and blame her if she does? What types of conflicts are these? 

Chapter 29

If this scene were written as a script for a play or movie, how would it be different? 
Spencer is starting to second-guess herself and her memories of the night Ali was killed. What might be some reasons for her to doubt herself right now? Do you think this will impact Ian's trial? 

Chapter 30

Read the summary of the fairy tale "Cinderella" below. Then answer the question that follows.With a wicked stepmother and two jealous stepsisters who keep her enslaved and in rags, Cinderella stands no chance of attending the royal ball. When her fairy godmother appears and magically transforms her reality into a dream come true, Cinderella enchants the handsome Prince Charming at the ball, but must face the wrath of her enraged stepmother and sisters when the spell wears off at midnight.How do the elements in this novel compare with those in "Cinderella"? 
Is Hanna's punishment fair? What would you have done if you were her parent? 

Chapter 31

Which of these is not a piece of textual evidence that supports the claim that there may be something strange about Officer Wilden? 
After watching the video reviewing tension, think about how the author has created tension in the highlighted text. What types of techniques does she use? Are they effective? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 32

Which of the lines below is an example of personification? 

Chapter 33

Just when it seems we have things figured out, the author gives us a new piece of information or a new plot twist. Does this new memory of Aria's influence your thoughts? 

What Happens Next…

Quiz #3