The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a great crossover to connect both history and literature in the classroom. It is age appropriate for 8-12 grade. It is a great way to incorporate literature into a social studies classroom. With the context of World War II and the Holocaust, students study themes like being a bystander and an up stander as well as the time period in which the book takes place. This packet has a greater focus on the historical context of the story rather than the literature aspect of it but it can certainly be used as starting points for either subject. Please feel free to adapt any or all of these suggested activities and notes to fit your classrooms needs.
This packet includes:
-Common Core Standards for 8-12 Social Studies and Literature
-Timeline on the Holocaust and World War II for context and better understanding
-Before you Read Questions
-Fifty multiple choice questions grouped together by sections. These questions can be used as students read the book or used as a final assessment when they've completed the book. Answers are included at the end of the packet.
-A character chart for students to complete. Suggested answers are at the end of the packet.
-Character Trait Activity
-An activity that gives the students a chance to create a sketch of their own like Max does for Liesel
-A Silent Conversation Activity. (A note on the Silent Conversation prompts: any or all of these can be chosen at your discretion or they may be used as essay questions.)
-Questions for during and after the movie. (Twenty four short answer from the movie and three opinion open ended questions following the end of the movie)
-An activity on researching real life up standers