BACKGROUND: Russia was in transition after the Bolshevik Revolution, led by Lenin and Joseph Stalin. Under their iron hand, Communism was replacing the reign of the murdered Czar. Then, after the death of Lenin, Stalin took charge, and life became even more difficult for ordinary citizens who were led to fear unseen spies and terrorists. They lived with hunger, were arrested without cause, and before the end of Stalin's 25 year rule, between 20 and 40 million were killed.
THE STORY: What if you had been a child in Russia during that time?
2nd grader, Sasha Zaichik was proud of his father, a member of Stalin's secret police who could unmask disguised enemies that infiltrated the borders of the Soviet Union. Unaware that it was propaganda which provided his security all of his life, Sasha's goal was to someday be a member of the Young Pioneers and serve his beloved leader, Stalin. He had learned all of the laws of the Young Pioneers. He knew their salute. He was honored as a ideal student. Tomorrow, that dream would come true. He would become a Young Pioneer.
Instead, his world turned upside down.
Told over a period of only 2 days of Sasha's life, his story reveals what it must have been like for youngsters and families during Stalin's reign. As the story's contrasting Communism with capitalism, readers are inspired to learn more about their own government's Constitutional Republic that protects citizens from such tyranny and encourages ownership of property.
THE AUTHOR: Author Eugene Yelchin writes with the authority, experience, and emotion of one who lived in Stalin's Russia. His Author's Notes clarify more detailed history. Breaking Stalin's Nose will transport your students into history and stimulate their patriotism, making them thankful to be strong, talented, and secure Americans! Its illustrations help to make it more accessible to younger students. Its simplicity and emotion makes it a profoundly important work of literature for grades 4-12 and adults.
THE LITERATURE GUIDE: The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts, interactive multiple choice evaluation, and a culminating interactive tests and a Jeopardy-type game. Teachers who want students to enjoy the very best of historical fiction that pulls the reader into history through a compelling story will make this book part of their classroom libraries. The 51-page Kids Wings literature guide and 53-slide Jeopardy-like interactive game for Breaking Stalin's Nose provides multiple layers of activities, group projects, skill building, and research into historical documents that provide the foundation of our own government.
ACTIVITIES IN THE GUIDE: Activities in the Breaking Stalin's Nose Literature Guide by Suzy Red include:
For the Teacher: Background Building;
Memory Cards for Capitalism and Communism;
The Capitalism Song;
Preview the Song: http://suzyred.com/2012_Breaking_Stalins_Nose.html
Pre-reading Discussion Cards;
Where in the World, Europe before World War II Map Study;
2-page Readers’ Theater Introduction;
Chapters 1-5, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Ch. 1-2;
Interactive Slideshow Questions, Chapters 1-2;
Interactive Multimedia Slideshow Evaluating Comprehension in Chapters 3-5;
Chapters 6-10, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapters 6-7;
Visualizing Chapters 7-10:
Chapters 11-13, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapters 11-13;
Evaluation of Sasha's Teacher, Chapter 13;
The Research Song;
Comparing Soviet Law with American Law, Research and Presentation;
Why I don't have to live in fear, a research report;
Chapters 14-17, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Visualizing the Text, Chapters 14-17;
Chapters 18-22, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapters 18-20;
Visualizing and Explaining the Text, Chapters 21-22;
Chapters 23-27, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapter 23;
Discussion and Writing, Chapters 24-26
The Principal of the Thing: Everyone Is Defined by Fear, A Logic Puzzle;
Discussion and Writing, Chapters 27-28;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapters 29 and 30;
A Tense Situation (transforming verb tense);
Exploring Historical Fiction;
Also included is a BONUS 53-Slide Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint
An Interactive PowerPoint Test for Chapters 1 and 2
AND a Multimedia Test for Chapters 3-5 in PowerPoint
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