Pretty Little Liars #6: Killer

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In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie—and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls.

Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her.

Hanna's on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer's stealing—from her family. And pure little Emily's abstaining from abstinence.

The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.

Curriculet Details
36 Questions
37 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in eighth grade, this digital curriculum contains annotations explaining irony, flashback, and onomatopoeia. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about textual evidence and internal/external conflict. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of author's purpose and structure, theme, and characterization. This online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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If Memory Serves…

The author of the "Pretty Little Liars "series is Sara Shepard. Did you know that she grew up in Pennsylvania, and that the "Pretty Little Liars" series is based loosely on her life growing up? If you follow the link below, you will be taken to her website which tells a little about Shepard as well as all of her books. (This annotation contains a link)
As you read, pay attention to sound words such as thud. This type of word is an example of  
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, how does Spencer's degree of confidence change? 
As you read, you will encounter questions where you need to identify textual evidence to support a statement. Can you find textual evidence that supports the claim that Officer Wilden is becoming aggravated with the girls? (This annotation contains a video)


Of the lines below, which one best supports the claim that Aria dislikes conflict? 
Flashback is a literary device that the author uses to show the reader events that happened in the past. Do you think the details that we learn from Aria's flashback are important to the plot of the story? (This annotation contains an image)
What kind of mood is created with the words that the author uses? 


When an author uses hyperbole, it is usually for dramatic effect or to add humor. Watch for other examples of hyperbole as you continue reading. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text is most likely an example of 


Look for examples of how characters interact with each other. Considering the way that Hanna and Kate treat one another, how would you best describe them? 
Based on the dialogue between Hanna and Kate, you could say they are ___________ of each other. 


Onomatopoeia is the use of words whose sounds suggest their meanings. Pay attention to the onomatopoeia the author uses in this novel. What effect does it create? (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Spencer snooping on her father's computer? 


Throughout the text, the author gives many insights into the way the people of Rosewood live. Details such as the names of the cars, Audis and BMWs, let the reader know that Rosewood is a wealthy community. What other details let you know what it's like in Rosewood? 
Based on Aria's thoughts and comments, her attitude toward Jason can best be described as 
Consider what is happening. The girls see Ian's body in the woods, but then it disappears. Now the police are claiming that it was never there to begin with. Do you believe the girls? Was Ian's body really there? What could all of this mean? 


Reread the description in the highlighted paragraph. Which of the themes listed below does the text support? 
The video below reviews conflicts. Consider the types of conflicts in this novel, and especially in the upcoming scene between Hanna and Kate. Which type of conflict is this? What impact does it have on the story? (This annotation contains a video)


The archetype that best fits Isaac is 
In literature, an archetype is a typical character, an action, or a situation that seems to represent universal patterns of human nature. Review the common archetypes on the site below, then answer the question that follows.  (This annotation contains a link)
Isaac's mother's words are saying one thing, but her facial expressions and body language are giving off a different signal.  


Spencer's relationship with her family can best be summarized by which of the following? 
Spencer is quick-thinking to realize that she should ask this person for some type of proof that he really is Ian. What other trait describes her? If you can't think of any, refer to the list below for some ideas. (This annotation contains an image)


The textual evidence in this paragraph supports the claim that 
Motif is a difficult concept, but the video below helps explain it. After watching the video, think about the text messages that the girls receive throughout this series of books. Might they be considered a motif? (This annotation contains a video)
What does the author achieve by including this flashback? 
Quiz #1 


Aria's mother clearly misses her. Why is it so hard for Aria to tell her mother the truth about Xavier? Do you think she would understand if Aria told her the truth? 
Shepard structures this scene with a great deal of dialogue. Which effect does this structure have on the scene? 
Jenna seems to be having an internal conflict. It appears that there is something she'd like to say to Aria, but for some reason she decides not to. Do you have any idea what she might want to talk about? 


What can you infer about Mrs. Colbert? 


Considering everything Spencer is going through with her family, it is easy to understand why she is desperate to meet her birth mother. Is it wise for her to keep her actions a secret from Mr. and Mrs. Hastings? What might go wrong? 
What does the author accomplish with the highlighted text? 
The John Adams is an apartment building located in New York City at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 12th Street. To purchase an apartment in this building, the cost ranges anywhere from $335,000 for a 350 square foot apartment, all the way up to over $2.5 million dollars. (This annotation contains an image)
From Spencer's perspective, what is the best way to describe her meeting with Olivia? 


The highlighted section is alluding to the movie "Psycho." As you can imagine from the title, this is not a hotel where you would want to stay. What does that make you think about the place that Aria and Jason are visiting? (This annotation contains an image)
From the highlighted exchange, what can you infer about Jason? 


En garde is a term used to warn fencers to get into position to begin a fencing match. Considering everything that has been happening between Hanna and Kate, what might this chapter title mean? Make a prediction based on what you know. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the highlighted paragraph, you can infer that 
Review the short video that explains foreshadowing. Could this line be an example of foreshadowing? (This annotation contains a video)


What is the structure of Killer? 
Dramatic irony occurs when the readers or audience knows something that the character does not, as in the image below. In the text, as the readers, we can see that Andrew is trying to look out for Spencer's best interest, but she sees him only as behaving selfishly. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of these terms best describes this note from A? 


Habitat for Humanity is a group that builds homes for families in need so that they can spend their money on necessities like food, medicine, childcare, and education. Many people volunteer with this organization to help others in need. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of these is the best summary of Emily's evening at Applebee's? 


In the earlier books, Officer Wilden is very helpful to the girls. How would you describe him now? Is he helpful to them still? 
Officer Wilden knows that Hanna was hit by an SUV, and police officers are supposed to protect citizens, not put them in danger. Which of the following adjectives best describes Wilden in this situation? 


Spencer feels that moving from Rosewood is the "smartest--and safest--thing she could do." Do you agree that it is a wise move for her? Should she be talking to a real estate agent in New York City without her parents' knowledge? 
Which effect does Shepard accomplish with short lines such as the highlighted text? 


So far in this flashback, we learn that Ali is chastised by her mother for not doing a chore properly. Notice Ali's dramatic response to her mother. Keep reading to see how Jason reacts. What do Aria's memories show about both Ali and Jason? 
How would watching this scene in a play or movie increase the viewers' understanding more than reading it in the text? 
Consider what might have made Jason take off so suddenly. Is it something about the invitation or could it be something else? 
Quiz #2 


What makes Emily decide to tell Isaac about the incidents regarding his mom? 
Body language often says a lot more than words. Think about the body language that is described in the text. We can tell a great deal about the situation based on how the characters present themselves. Read the graphic below for tips on improving your body language. (This annotation contains an image)


What does the author accomplish by including the flashbacks/dreams that the girls have about Ali? 
These lines are a good summary of Hanna's character. What traits would you use to describe her? 
Some form of the highlighted phrase is repeated several times in regards to Hanna. This is best described as a 


The dog that is barking at Aria is similar to the one pictured below. She could be in serious danger. Why would Jason have put her in this position? (This annotation contains an image)
Choose the most accurate summary of Jason's behavior. 


Spencer is confused about what's happening. She has the address Michael sent her, but it seems it doesn't exist. Do you think there's a logical explanation behind incident? Could it be a misunderstanding? Either mentally or on paper, make a list of all the possibilities you can think of. 
From this incident, Spencer might learn all of the following lessons except 


Which of these is an example of Hanna's internal conflict? 
For the second time, Hanna is in an awkward situation at a party. In the last book, she blurted out a secret about Kate, and Lucas overheard and decided he didn't want to date her anymore. Now, she has just seemingly ruined whatever she and Mike might have had together. It seems like Hanna didn't learn any lessons from the incident with Lucas. 


Which word describes the mood of the highlighted text? 
The video below describes static and dynamic characters. As we near the end of this book, think carefully about each of the main characters. Would you classify each of them as static or dynamic? (This annotation contains a video)


We would expect that Mike would be upset that Hanna and Kate were competing for him, but instead we find out that he had a bet with his friends the whole time as well. This is an example of 


Does it seem strange that there was never any official evidence that the body found was Ali's? 
Thinking about the conversation the girls are having about Jason and Officer WIlden, which of these themes is supported? 
Before you continue reading, think about how each of the girls will react to Aria's secret. 


In the novel The House of Mirth, the main character is Lily Bart, whose social status begins to decline because of a rumor. After a great deal of turmoil, Lily inherits a sum of money from a relative who has passed. In the end, she fails to achieve the happiness she wished for. Which comparisons can be made between Lily Bart and Spencer? 
Remember the difference between static and dynamic characters. In the beginning of this series of books, Spencer was very confident and secure. She has gone through some major changes in her life, and now it seems she isn't so sure of herself. How would you classify Spencer? (This annotation contains an image)
Which effect does Shepard achieve with the highlighted text? 


Have you noticed any clues about who this person might be? Make a prediction now, and read on to find out if you are correct. 

What Happens Next…

Quiz #3