Number the Stars - Study 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?

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Progeny Press' Number the Stars English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about Lois Lowry, her life, and the inspirations behind her published works.
Background Information: Get useful context and background as you learn about Europe during WWII.
Vocabulary: Grow your vocabulary and understanding of language through fun and varied exercises.
Literary Techniques: Study the writing techniques utilized by Lois Lowry. Learn the difference between denotative and connotative meanings. Explore the art of characterization, how authors create compelling and multi-dimensional characters. Recognize personification, where inanimate objects take on human qualities. Study synonyms and antonyms, understanding the nuanced shades of language. Discuss symbolism, adding layers of meaning and complexity to the book.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reflect on protection and assistance, the consequences of lying, the healing power of compassion, the comfort that knowing God cares for us brings, the courage to face adversity, and the valuable (yet challenging) wisdom of loving your neighbor as yourself.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Augment your language arts studies with a selection of fun activities and extra curricular writing. Research the history of WWII and explore the intricacies of the Jewish religion. Create maps that bring document the setting and journey of the characters, enjoy movie adaptations and recommendations, and participate in thought-provoking discussions. Craft news reports, complete creative writing assignments, and read about inventions that shaped history during World War II. Discuss symbols of faith, embark on a Bible study, explore the intersections of Judaism and Christianity, and uncover hidden messages within the book.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Read addtional books by Lois Lowry, and discover other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Number the Stars.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

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

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    Excellent Service

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