The Book Thief Novel Study and Project Menu; Plus Digital Option

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Everything you need to use Markus Zusaks's award-winning WW2 novel, The Book Thief effectively in your classroom! A no-prep standards based interactive notebook literature guide with follow-up reading response questions for every chapter as well as vocabulary, writing projects, activities and enrichment projects. Teacher friendly engaging lessons to use with this award winning novel in your classroom while encouraging critical reading skills.

CCSS/STAAR Aligned! Great for "Distance Learning".

Everything you need to use this novel in your classroom effectively is included with this resource. This novel study includes at least ONE PAGE OF READING RESPONSE QUESTIONS FOR EVERY CHAPTER!

This interactive notebook includes comprehension reading/writing response activities and vocabulary for every chapter of the book as well as additional text structure review practice exercises related to the novel. Great for guided reading, small groups or independent reading.

Included With this Novel Study:

Author Biography Page/ Pre-Reading Activity

Reading Response and Vocabulary Activities for Every Chapter

Chapter Review Graphic Organizer for Each Section

Unique Narrator Reading Response Activity for the Prologue and Part 1

Email to Jessie Owens Activity

Adding Color to Your Life Writing Activity

Summarize Graphic Organizer for Parts 2 and 3

Courage Brainstorming Activity

Life in Nazi, Germany Writing Activity

Dear Dr. Help, Part 4 Writing Activity

The World Today Quote Writing Activity

Key Concepts Graphic Organizer for Part 5

Letter to Liesel Writing Activity

Key Points and Impact Graphic Organizer for Part 6

Reporter Interview: Max Writing Activity

Theme Graphic Organizer Reading Response for Part 7

Conditions in Molching Report

Making Inference Reading Response for Part 8

Reader's Takeaway, Key Concepts

A Character Sketch of Death

Protagonist/Antagonist Chart, for Part 9

My Life Leisel Poetry Writing Activity

Life-Changing Graphic Organizer

Your Life Writing Activity

The Book Thief Plot Chart

The Book Thief Text Features Review

The Book Thief Timeline

The Book Thief Theme Study

The Book Thief Conflict Chart

The Book Thief Character Analysis

Persuasive Essay: Which act of courage....

The Book Thief Figurative Language Connection

The Book Thief Book Jacket Project

The Book Thief Essay Questions

The Book Thief Project Menu with Nine No-Prep Creative and Fun "End of the Book" Projects

And Much More....

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SIX NO-PREP Trifold Book Reports to Use With Any Novels!

Total Pages
66 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.


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