This lesson is an annotated story of the Jewish experience of life in a shtejtl. Following the two page story, there are two open ended questions for students to answer as well as 8 more multiple choice questions. This assignment is useful for students to build prior knowledge for the Jewish experience, particularly if students are learning about the Holocaust. The questions created were designed to increase reading skills in inference,main idea, comparing differences, and comprehension. The questions are formatted as a reading assessment to evaluate understanding of text.