This 25 slide PowerPoint presentation serves as the introduction to the multiple settings found in Lois Lowry’s novel, Number the Stars. Our class views the presentation before we begin reading, to assist with understanding the history, geography, and motivation of the story characters. It also, of course, assists students with visualizing as they read. We also revisit individual slides of the presentation during our reading, to assist with understanding and visualization.
The last slide is labeled as an “interesting fact,” and includes a photograph of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid” statue found in Langelinie Harbor, in Copenhagen. Even though the statue is only briefly mentioned in the novel (Chapter 2), with the popularity of Disney’s “Little Mermaid,” students really do enjoy connecting with the setting through this very familiar fairy tale.
Slides include photographs, illustrations and/or depictions the following:
• World map
• Map of Germany/Denmark/Sweden
• WWII timeline
• City of Copenhagen
• Danish harbor
• Tivoli Gardens
• Amalienborg Palace
• King Christian X
• Steam engine train (1940s wartime transportation)
• Uncle Henrik’s seaside house
• Footpath through woods (daytime scenes / nighttime scenes)
• Uncle Henrik’s boat
• “The Little Mermaid” statue, Copenhagen
PLEASE NOTE: Several of the photographs included in this product are also included in our PowerPoint of Symbolism and Related Terms.
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