40 Mix-and-Match Templates allow you to create a novel unit that is tailored to your students' needs. The templates focus on a wide range of topics related to Number the Stars by Lois Lowry—story elements, themes and metaphors, research topics, vocabulary, and more. Students are required to use a variety of higher-level thinking skills as they explore this powerful novel. A detailed answer key is included.
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NUMBER THE STARS Circlebook Reports
• Step-by-step instructions on how to create the CIRCLEBOOK BOOK REPORTS
• Suggested template groupings to create shorter, more focused reports that focus on such topics as vocabulary, character studies, themes, research, and cooperative learning.
• Descriptions of each template, suggested answers, and teaching ideas
• 40 templates that fully explore the novel
— Cover Page Template
— Author Spotlight Template (students will research the life of Lois Lowry)
— Vocabulary Templates (6 templates with 42 suggested vocabulary words—definitions are provided—plus one blank template on which you or students can enter your own vocabulary words)
— Newbery Award Template (students will research the origins and significance of the Newbery Award)
— Genre Template: Historical Fiction (students will research six award-winning novels to help them understand the genre of historical fiction)
— World War II Templates 1 and 2 (students will research and report on people, places, and events related to WWII)
— Theme Template: Bravery (students will explore the concept of bravery in our day-to-day lives)
— Setting Template (students will locate countries and cities that play an important role in the novel)
— Character Template: The Girls, Chapter 1 (students will complete a triple Venn diagram that explores the character traits of Annemarie, Ellen, and Kirsti)
— Compare and Contrast Template (students will explore the ways the lives of Annemarie and Ellen differ from the lives of ten-year-olds today)
— Quote Template (students will consider the theme of bravery by examining Uncle Henrik’s quote: “It is much easier to be brave if you don’t know everything.”)
— Allegory Template: Little Red Riding Hood (students will find similarities and differences between Annemarie’s journey through the woods and Little Red Riding Hood’s)
— Character Template: Annemarie, Mrs. Johansen, and Peter Neilsen (students will create attribute webs for these three characters)
— Diamante Character Templates (students will create diamante poems on three templates that link different characters from the novel)
— Character Template: Ellen Rosen (students will write a diary entry from Ellen’s point of view)
— Afterword Template: Historical Fiction (students will read the afterword and find the fact-based elements that Lois Lowry used in her story)
— Story Elements Template (students will describe six story elements in words and pictures)
— What’s in a Title Template (students will write about the meaning of the novel’s title)
— Theme Template: Journeys (students will write about one of the many journeys—physical, intellectual, or spiritual—that takes place in the novel)
— Book Review Templates 1 and 2 (students will consider the book’s strengths and weaknesses when they write a review of the novel)
— Research Templates 1 and 2: The Danish Resistance (students will write a newspaper article about the Danish Resistance, using the 5 Ws)
— Research Template: Anne Frank (students will write a short report about Anne Frank’s compelling story, her diary, and her legacy)
— Research Template: Hans Christian Andersen (students will write a short report about the Danish author known for his timeless fairy tales)
— Research Template: King Christian X (students will write a short report about the beloved King of Denmark during the Second World War)
— Research Template: Kim Malthe-Bruun (students will write a short report about the real-life hero Kim Malthe-Bruun, who Lois Lowry used as the basis of the character Peter Neilsen)
— Writing and Drawing Templates (blank templates are provided so that you can design your own questions or activities for the students to complete)
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