"For Freedom" is the story about the French resistance during WWII. This book deals with life in occupied France and how it affected the lives of the French citizens. The book is rated a 4.0 with an Accelerated Reading quiz available.
Younger students will need background knowledge before tackling this book.
The study guide can be used for guided reading or in literacy circles. It should be noted that at the beginning of the book, the characters witness a death through the bombing of the city. I preface this book by explaining to my students that bad things can happen in war and there are many areas of the world that see the result of war every day. I do allow students to choose a different book if they prefer. I use "Twenty and Ten", "When the Soldiers were Gone", "A Boy at War", and "Devil's Arithmetic" as options.
When students complete the book and the study guide, they present their book to the class. Reader's Theater, power points, book talks, and posters have been the most popular choices for students. By using such a variety of books, I can vary the reading level for students, as well as give them multiple views of how WWII affected citizens around the world. Each group gets involved in their book so completely that they try and get the other groups to read their book.
After doing this unit, I follow up with a unit on immigration. Students begin to understand that violence and war, poverty, drought, and lack of jobs are some of the reasons people immigrate to the US.
This package comes with a listing of picture books that can be used to establish background knowledge for students
Dr. Linda Miedema, Ed.D.