Pretty Little Liars #7: Heartless

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In picturesque Rosewood, Pennsylvania, neighbors gossip over picket fences, and gleaming SUVs sit in every crushed-granite driveway. But recently, friendly smiles have been replaced with suspicious glares and accusatory whispers—and it's all because Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer just can't keep their mouths shut. . . .

First they claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's supposed to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire.

Hanna's trading in her Dior trench for a straitjacket. Aria's trying to contact the dead. Emily's dumped her boyfriend and is skipping town . . . again. And Spencer thinks someone in her family has gotten away with murder.

The friends insist they're telling the truth about what they saw, but all of Rosewood thinks they're simply out for attention—and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after the girls, will anyone believe them . . . or will they be the next to disappear?

Curriculet Details
23 Questions
24 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in eighth grade, this digital curriculum contains annotations explaining hyperbole, indirect characterization, and allusion. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about theme and foreshadowing. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of character traits, figurative language, and summarization. This online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Lost and Found

The video below reviews foreshadowing. Think about the highlighted lines. Might they be an example of foreshadowing? (This annotation contains a video)
From the highlighted text, what can you tell about Mrs. DiLaurentis? 
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 you would like to look up, like pensive? 

Chapter 1 – Don't Breathe In

Words like whooped are an example of 

Chapter 2 – Up in Smoke

The girls are struggling with whether or not they actually saw their friend in the woods--their friend they thought was dead. Besides smoke inhalation, what are some other possible explanations? 
Which of the adjectives below best describes Aria after listening to Detective Wilden? 

Chapter 3 – If Only Someone had Scammed Spencer Years Ago . . .

Spencer knows that she needs to tell her parents the truth about something terrible that has happened, but she is afraid that it will ruin their newly rekindled relationship. After watching the video below, decide which type of conflict this is an example of. (This annotation contains a video)
Spencer is afraid to tell her parents the truth about the stolen money because she fears it will destroy their relationship. Instead, she is surprised to find that it brings them closer together. This is an example of 

Chapter 4 – Does Prada Make Straitjackets?

After reviewing the definition of hyperbole below, think about the description of Hanna's family. Do you notice any hyperbole in the highlighted text? What does it show us about how Hanna feels toward her family? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is an example of a simile? 

Chapter 5 – A Spiritual Awakening

A pun is a joke that makes a play on words by using words that sound similar. It can also use different meanings of a word to make the saying funny. Notice the pun in the text. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6 – Down the Rabbit Hole

The chapter title is an allusion to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. To go "down the rabbit hole" is to enter a period of chaos or confusion. What do you predict about this chapter based on the title? (This annotation contains an image)
The author gives several specific details in this paragraph, including smells and sights. The author is using 

Chapter 7 – An Old Friend is Back

Below is an image that reviews indirect characterization. Based on the highlighted text, what can you infer about Spencer's feelings toward Andrew? (This annotation contains an image)
The author uses two similes to describe how Spencer feels after talking to Melissa. What is she trying to convey with these two comparisons? 

Chapter 8 – Hanna, Interrupted

Use the dictionary feature to look up the word concierge. Is this what you would expect in this type of facility? What does it make you think about the place? 

Chapter 9 – Aria Crosses Over

The highlighted text contains 
Aria feels guilty because she realizes that she did want Ali gone. Do you think she has any reason to feel guilty? Is she the only one who feels this way? 

Chapter 10 – The Simplest Life

Why does Emily travel to Lancaster? 
Quiz #1 

Chapter 11 – Not Your Typical Mother-Daughter Outing

An aesthetician is someone who works at a salon or spa, giving specialized skincare treatments to clients, in particular facial skincare treatments. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text is an example of 

Chapter 12 – Even a Nuthouse Needs an in Crowd

You can tell by the remarks that Hanna makes that she is very judgmental. Is it fair for her to judge these girls in this way? Do you think this is true to real life? 
How do Hanna and Iris seem to compare to one another? 

Chapter 13 – Someone's not as Typical as You Think

Below is a short video that discusses pacing in novels. Think about the pacing of this book. How would you describe it? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 14 – Even Good Girls have Secrets

Which of the following lines is a clue about the pacing of this novel? 
The Amish way of life is very different from the way that many Americans live. They are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. Family is extremely important, and Amish people are expected to marry other Amish people. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 15 – Facebook Friends

Spencer's attitude toward ghosts and seances shows that she is 

Chapter 16 – It's the Queen Bee's Knees

Does it seem like Iris will be a positive influence on Hanna? What textual evidence supports your claim? 
Why doesn't Hanna tell Iris the truth about Ali? 

Chapter 17 – Just Another Kegger at the Kahns'

From the things the others are saying, it's very clear that they don't believe Aria and the other girls. Imagine how uncomfortable Aria must feel in this situation. 

Chapter 18 – An Affair to Forget

What is Spencer's attitude regarding her mother? 

Chapter 19 – Secrets don't Stay Buried for Long

In this book, as well as in the others in this series, the characters choose not to tell the truth many times, and it often has negative consequences. Could this be part of a developing theme? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 20 – Minefields, Indeed

Which of these is not textual evidence to support the claim that Hanna is not taking her stay at the Preserve seriously? 
Tara tells Hanna's secret to the whole group. Do you think that it is fair of her to tell? Is it payback for the way Hanna treated her? There's an old saying that "two wrongs don't make a right." Does this fit here? 
Quiz #2 

Chapter 21 – The Truth Hurts

As the audience, we know that the Preserve at Addison-Stevens is the facility where Hanna is staying, but Emily has no idea. This is an example of 

Chapter 22 – Ali Returns . . . Sort Of

Which of these is the best example of a hyperbole? 

Chapter 23 – All in the Family

Many times throughout this novel, the characters jump to conclusions, and often, it turns out that they are wrong. Look at the comic below. What does it demonstrate about jumping to conclusions? (This annotation contains an image)
Which line is not proof that Spencer is feeling concern right now? 

Chapter 24 – Another Breakthrough at the Preserve

Hanna's life has just been published in a magazine for all the world to see. Who do you think shared her information?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 25 – Aria Says Good-Bye

Which of the following statements best summarizes how Aria feels about Ali's death? 

Chapter 26 – The Evidence doesn't Lie

After reviewing the video below, think about the words the author has used in the highlighted text. Are there specific words that help create the mood? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 27 – That's Amore!

Spencer's situation with her parents best supports which theme? 

Chapter 28 – Now Who's the Crazy One?

Does this seem logical? The girls have had so many theories about A and Ali's killer, have they been right about anything? What makes them so willing to believe things so easily? 

Chapter 29 – Master of Puppets

What might be the grounds for holding the girls for obstruction of justice? 

Chapter 30 – Free at Last

Consider the imagery here describing the officer. What does her appearance tell you about her? 

Chapter 31 – The Very Good and the Very Evil

The highlighted text best exemplifies which type of figurative language? 

What Happens Next . . .

Notice how the author tied the title of the book in here. Do YOU think Billy Ford is guilty? 
Quiz #3