This is my treasure trove of my original ideas and resources I've put together for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! I've taught it for a number of years to 12th graders, and along with more traditional lit. fare (i.e., themes, characterization, symbols), I also use many lessons to engage my students in higher-level conversation (linked to WWII and the Holocaust) about history, politics, philosophy, human psychology, and societal behavior. I also try to built interest by making my classes as personal and as relevant as possible (I like using movie clips a lot too!).
In this document, you will find 12 pages of plans mapped out chapter-by-chapter, which include 38 lesson ideas (i.e., activities, projects, debates, research, essays), over 50 links to complementary resources (i.e., movie clips, online archives, quality webpages), and over 70 discussion questions. Additionally, you will find 6 pages of reading comprehension questions (with answers) for every chapter, 3 multiple-choice reading quizzes, and 24 pages of printable handouts and activities that correspond to my lesson ideas.
Also, feel free to check out my other World Literature unit plans on:
- Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
- The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver