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Suzy and Leah by Jane Yolen Close Reading for Holocaust-related Short Story 6-9

Grade Levels
6th - 9th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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17 pages
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Complete short story guide exploring the timely theme of bridging cultural differences. Pick and choose from a range of activities. Coming of age story is perfect for a cross-curricular SS/ELA unit on the Holocaust/Holocaust Remembrance Day, post-WWII America, or refugee/immigrant assimilation during any time period. The setting is a post-war Holocaust refugee camp in Oswego, NY and would be a perfect follow-up for any WWII or Holocaust novel such as The Diary of Anne Frank.

The short story itself is NOT included but the complete text and an excellent pre-reading short video are available online. If the story is included in your literature anthology, this guide provides a more thorough, in-depth alternative to textbook activities. Questions include literal comprehension and critical thinking, citing text evidence, vocabulary, literary terms, context clues, sequence, personal connections, opinion, theme and more.

Packet includes:

--prereading question

--comprehension check (T/F, multiple choice)

--short answer questions

--vocabulary worksheet (multiple choice)

--character study activity for Suzy and for Leah

--literary elements worksheet (multiple choice)

--paragraph prompts: theme, opinion

--menu of optional extra activities (Reader's Theater, current event connection, three more)

--two decorated, lined sheets for writing.

--complete answer key with literal and interpretive responses; teacher tips; list of Common Core Standards for Reading Literature 6-9 that are covered

An engaging whole class, partner, or independent reading activity; homework; extra credit; literature circle; read-along or a choice on a menu of activities.

A perfect companion for Suzy and Leah is my Holocaust Encyclopedia project.

Holocaust Encyclopedia Project

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