This chart provides a way for students to organize their observations about the Newbery-winning novel Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. This novel, describing the Nazis' occupation and their persecution of Jews during World War II, has become a middle-school staple for literature study and Holocaust activities.
Since no professional movie of Number the Stars has yet been made, the activity is based on a 25-minute amateur film created by middle-school students. (While the film has an understandable lack of polish for a no-budget student project, the group does a commendable job of presenting the main events of the novel. Plus, you can tell they had a lot of fun doing it! Bloopers are included at the end.)
Rather than "just watching a movie," students will be able to analyze it effectively by comparing and contrasting it with the novel. As a graphic organizer, this chart heightens the students' attentive responses and improves their awareness of the messages of hope and courage in Number the Stars, as presented through different media.
The amateur movie is available online, and the link is provided on the chart. It can also be adapted for use with the movie "Miracle at Moreaux." If you plan to show the movie "Miracle at Midnight" instead, you might like this chart instead: Number the Stars and Miracle at Midnight
This resource is created by Stephen Campbell. Check out my charts for other novel/movie pairings:
• Because of Winn-Dixie
• Bridge to Terabithia
• Charlotte's Web
• The City of Ember
• Maniac Magee
• The Tale of Despereaux
• Tuck Everlasting
• A Wrinkle in Time
• The Outsiders