Thank you so much for taking a look at my packet on I Am David! What an incredible story! It will make you cry, cause you to think, make you join in David’s prayers to the God of the green pastures and the still waters, and leave you wanting to know and understand more.
I Am David is the story of a boy raised in a Nazi concentration camp who escapes. Then we follow his path as he heads toward Denmark. The journey is much more than a geographical study. It is the story of the boy's thoughts, fears, courage, encounters, and struggles as he learns to cope in a world totally unknown to him. Highly insightful! Heart-rending! Thought-provoking!
The reading level of the book is 5.6, and it is recommended for grades 5-9. The packet is designed for advanced, gifted, or older children. The content of the book is appropriate for younger children, but the questions that it will prompt in students’ hearts and minds are not always easy ones to answer, explain, or handle.
You might agree that reading I Am David raises a lot of questions and a desire to know and understand more. The history surrounding his story is not a happy or pretty one. However, as Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of Great Britain during WWII) stated, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Therefore, knowledge is important. The history that David was a part of must never be forgotten or repeated.
In order to provide historical background to the novel, this packet includes a number of research related project/products. It is recommended that you use the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website, The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students (URL found later in packet). The site is highly informational, truthful, yet written with young people in mind.
I Am David is a perfect companion book to read along with Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.
I sincerely hope the packet activities will help your students and provide you with helpful tools.
Table of Contents:
Vocabulary for Each Chapter
Play Vocabulary Word Sneak Directions
Conversation Topic Started for Vocabulary Word Sneak
Blank Cards for Vocabulary Word Sneak
Story Elements Poster
Who’s Who and What’s What? – Story Elements Charts
Questioning Is an Art
Costa’s Levels of Questioning
My Thinking Questions
Asking the Right Questions
Intangible Questions Poster
Asking Intangible Questions
Thinking/Comprehension Questions for Each Chapter
David’s Route – Mapping Activity
It’s a Fact! – Understanding the Places David Went
Learning More – Research on Topics Related to the Story
Period Newspaper Directions
Steps to Making a Period Newspaper
Fact Sheet – for Use Doing Research
An Interview with “the Man”
Point of View Poster
What Is an Editorial? Poster
Freedom of Speech and Press Editorial Assignment
Discussion/Essay Topic Questions
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