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This 3-day plan increases the understanding of Lois Lowry's Number the Stars, a historical novel on the Holocaust. It includes KWL charts, popcorn reading, vocabulary building exercises, summarizing, making predictions, letter writing, and creating a PowerPoint or brochure about the hardships of the people at the concentration camps. Associated teacher-made materials may not be accessible, but they are not indispensable.
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.
Students explore discrimination against Jewish people in World War II. In this world history and historical fiction novel study lesson plan, 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.