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Prepare your class to read Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, with these pre-reading activities. This resource lists three ideas to ready your readers. Learners explore the historical context, connect to the book, and preview the book. These ideas could be fleshed out and adapted to be more specific and concrete.
Students explore discrimination against Jewish people in World War II. In this world history and historical fiction novel study instructional activity, students read Number the Stars over five days. Students define vocabulary words and use comprehension strategies such as making inferences, summarizing, and making text to text and text to world connections followed by group discussion of the text.
Eighth graders activate prior knowledge concerning Number the Stars by answering quesions. They collect different material regarding Denmark and its flag from different sources. Students create their own personal flags and compare its components with the Danish flag. They explain the concepts of: food rationing and why it is emphasized.
In this Number the Stars worksheet, students examine internal and external conflict as they complete a graphic organizer identifying conflicts as internal or external along with their justification for doing so. In addition, students respond to 4 short answer questions regarding conflict in Lois Lowry's Number the Stars.
After reading Number the Stars, told from the point of view of Annemarie Johansen, encourage your class to review some of the new vocabulary by completing this crossword puzzle. Fifteen definitions are presented, and learners must identify the word that each describes. Unfortunately, neither a list of words or an answer sheet are provided, so you will have to solve the puzzle yourself to find the words.
In this literature and history worksheet, students prepare to read the novel by Lois Lowry Number the Stars. Students read the history behind the Nazi occupation of Denmark and the arrest of the Jews there. This is a 10 page historical account of the Holocaust events with photographs from WW1.