This set of materials will help students understand the historical context for the movie The Book Thief and allow them to see book burning not as something that only took place in Nazi Germany but still exists today with ISIS and other governments. You will get:
A few suggestions on how to use the materials
A viewing guide for the Book Thief that includes seven terms to increase understanding, six dates to increase historical understanding, a list of characters, 17 simple multiple choice questions to hold students accountable while watching, and nine thought provoking short answer questions.
Answer key for the viewing guide
A post-movie, critical thinking activity that forces students to take a position on 18 statements about the movie is included also. Students must take a position on whether the ambiguous statement is true or false and then come to consensus in small groups. You can also take this a step further and come to consensus as a class with you being the moderator. This is guaranteed to provoke debate and thought at the highest levels of thinking.
A link to a video from the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum about book burning in Nazi Germany is included along with five simple multiple choice questions and three thought provoking short answer questions. The themes in this video are directly related to the Book Thief and help students understand the movie from a more informed perspective.
Answer key for the Holocaust Memorial and Museum video questions
A description of ISIS, two articles on ISIS book burnings, and ten short answer questions you can use as homework or for class discussion.
Answer key for the questions on the ISIS book burning articles
Link to an ISIS book burning video
A short description of Heinrich Heine whose quote is used at the beginning of the Holocaust Memorial and Museum video.
If you are using the Book Thief as part of a unit on the Holocaust you might also try using my Holocaust propaganda: Nazi Children's book activity on the Poisonous Mushroom, my Holocaust Graphic Organizer: 11 x 17" with questions & answer keys and my Holocaust Photo Gallery: Students select, research & present in a photo gallery.
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