Number the Stars - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 5-7

Setting: Denmark, WWII

Genre: Historical

Page Count: 48 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7-8 weeks

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Annemarie Johansen and her friend Ellen Rosen remember a time before the war, before the Nazis occupied Denmark. But Denmark has surrendered to Germany, and now German soldiers are seen on every street corner in Copenhagen. Although Annemarie and Ellen are frightened by the soldiers, Annemarie does not worry. She knows that there is a resistance movement fighting the Nazis, but Annemarie is an ordinary girl; she does not expect that she and her family will be called upon to face the same danger as the resistance. Soon the Johansens receive word that the Nazis are planning to arrest the Jews of Denmark.
The Johansens decided they must do what they can to help their Jewish friends, the Rosens, Ellen's family. The Johansens take in Ellen and pass her off as one of their own children while a family friend agrees to hide Ellen's parents. Annemarie is still convinced that everyone will be safe, but she begins to see the seriousness of the situation when German soldiers come to their apartment late at night looking for the Rosens. Will they be able to smuggle their friends out of the country to Sweden right under the noses of the Nazis?

Progeny Press' Number the Stars Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Dig into the life of the author, Lois Lowry. Read about her life and the inspirations that shaped her compelling narratives.
Background Information: Examine historical backdrop of WWII Europe, gaining insights that add depth to the novel's storyline.
Vocabulary: Experience the joy of language growth through carefully crafted exercises designed to enhance your understanding and retention of key vocabulary.
Literary Techniques: Dive into ELA literary techniques employed by Lois Lowry, unraveling the layers of denotative and connotative meanings. Explore the art of characterization, where characters come to life with vivid depth. Witness the power of personification, where inanimate objects take on human qualities. Delve into the world of synonyms and antonyms, understanding the nuanced shades of language. Uncover the symbolism woven into the narrative, adding layers of meaning and complexity.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discuss themes of protection and assistance, the consequences of lying, the healing power of compassion, the comforting notion that God cares for us, the courage to face adversity, and the timeless wisdom of loving your neighbor as yourself.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Further your studies with hands-on activities and extra curricular writing. Dive into the historical landscape of WWII, explore the intricacies of the Jewish religion, create maps that bring the story to life, experience the narrative through the lens of a movie, participate in thought-provoking discussions, craft news reports that capture the essence of the time, express your creativity through writing, explore inventions that shaped the era, delve into the symbols of faith, embark on a Bible study journey, explore the intersections of Judaism and Christianity, and uncover hidden messages within the narrative.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Immerse yourself in a world of captivating books that resonate with the spirit of Lois Lowry's storytelling

All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Newbery Medal winner 1990 • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award • Nation Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature.

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  • Posted by Amanda on 1st May 2022


    Study Guide Number the Stars

    This is exactly what I was looking for in a guide. Thank you!