If you lived in the little town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in 1939, you would have known that you lived in a dangerous world. You would have known that Nazi Germany had taken over your country, and you have would missed rationed items like sugar.
You would have seen the Nazi soldiers in the streets.
You would have heard your grandmother, Babichka, say that the Nazi leader, Hitler, was evil. You wouldn't have seen the cruelty against the Jews because none lived in Lidice.
What you would not know...until it was too late...was that the Nazi soldiers were about to come into your house in the middle of the night and arrest your whole family. From that moment on, your life would never be the same again. You would learn the pain of separation from everyone you loved and everything you held dear.
If you were a little girl named Milada, unlike most others taken prisoner by the Nazis, you would be whisked into a nightmare unlike any you had ever imagined. You would be taken to a place where your language, your customs, your clothes, and your religion would be ripped from you. Why? How could this be? Would your family ever find you?
Someone Named Eva was inspired by actual events that occurred during World War II. Though the characters are fictional, the events are not. It is a introduction to the Holocaust through the eyes of a young girl whose Ayran appearance destined her for a different fate than most others. It is a story that must be told over and over, one we must not ever forget lest it be repeated. We do not provide links to the Holocaust on our website because of their graphic and violent content, but we recommend that parents and teachers use Wikipedia's Nazi Germany article for their own information and for students emotionally strong enough to handle it.
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Another powerful Holocaust story is Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald told through the eyes of a Jewish girl living in France when the Nazi invasion began.
The activities for Someone Name Eva were written by Suzy Red as a guide that weaves discussion, cross-curriculum skills, history, problem solving, and character to build mastery learning from the story. The Activities include:
Choral Reading Introduction
Memory Box for Book Talks
Where in the World? Mapping Activity
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: The Dialectical Journal
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Questioning the History in Historical Fiction
Five in a Row Vocabulary Game with vocabulary list
The Frayer Model for Vocabulary Study
Visualizing Chapter 1
Crossword Puzzle: Lies, Brainwashing, and Changes, Chapters 3-7
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Summarizing Chapter Six, A Writing Guide
Short Answer Questions for Chapter 7
More Changes in Eva's Life, Chapters 10-11
Visualizing Chapter 11
Writing the Eva's Song
Predict-Read-Confirm Short Answers for Chapters 13-14
An interactive "Jeopardy-type" Game in PowerPoint for a powerful conclusion
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