This is a close reading guide to the book A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen.
On a Sunday night, Gerta’s father and brother leave their home on a short trip to West Germany to look into the possibilities of jobs and/or apartments in that area. Overnight, a wall is erected separating the east from the west and all of the people on both sides. Soldiers man the east side of the wall where Gerta, her mother, and her brother, Fritz, live, and it is up to her to figure out a way to reunite her family.
This is a MUST READ in the middle school classroom. A Night Divided will give your students a better understanding of the political unrest in Germany, as well as in the rest of Europe, following the Second World War. This book is a springboard that presents so many wonderful opportunities for reading, writing, and conversation moments within your classroom.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes writing/discussion questions for each chapter (answer key included), as well as pre-writing assessments. The classroom discussion questions deeply examine the themes of the novel as well as inferences that can be made as students read. I have used this unit with gifted grade 5 all the way through grade 8. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need! There are chapter summaries, vocabulary activities, and class discussion questions for each chapter. I have used the questions for homework, classwork, or just as a springboard for Socratic discussions and literature circles. Please feel free to ask questions before your purchase. AND...don't forget to leave feedback. It's like free TPT money!