In the “Afterword” of Number the Stars, Lois Lowry explains to her readers how much of her story is true. She further tells, “where fact ends and fiction begins.” Challenge your students to decipher the difference.
The historical fiction genre is characterized by stories that reconstruct historical people and events. Number the Stars is the perfect book to outline the differences between historical facts and an author’s imagination.
This PowerPoint presentation (.pdf format) illustrates many of the events Lois Lowry explains in the Afterword with authentic photographs and detailed information. After reading the Afterword, your students will be better able to summarize the historical events detailed in the novel. Included are authentic photographs of:
• Lois Lowry
• Annelise Platt
• King Christian X
• Kim Malthe-Bruun
• Danish Resistance Fighters
• Rescued Danish children
• Nazi-Occupied Denmark (1943)
• Copenhagen Harbor (1943)
• Danish Rescue Boats
The presentation concludes with 12 slides that ask students to identify story events as either “fact” or “fiction,” and acts as an assessment for understanding the difference between historical facts and historical fiction.
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