The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literature Guide, 34 Close Reading Activities
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Through the fiction close reading lessons, students will deeply engage with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak to develop a variety of reading and literary skills. If you're looking for a comprehensive unit and suite of materials for The Book Thief that includes this resource, check out The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Unit: Comprehensive Suite of Materials.

This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resource includes links for students to complete the assignments in either Google Drive or Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their work online. All they will have to do is create a text box! There are links for every student work page (not assessments), making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees. The resources include:

Fiction Close Reading Lessons: Each chapter of the novel is filled with opportunities for literary analysis. The close reading lessons focus on a particular skill and have students engage in a close reading of the text to develop their literary proficiency in that skill.. Each assignment requires students to use textual evidence to support their claims. The Common Core aligned lessons focus on the following:
Analysis of point of view of the text
Author’s use of word choice to develop tone
Analysis of flashbacks and foreshadowing
Analysis of conflict and plot
Identifying and analyzing setting for mood and conflict
Character analysis
Development of motif and theme across the novel
Analysis of symbols for deeper meaning
Compare and contrast character experiences
Analyze figurative language for its deeper meaning
Analyze allegory and its deeper meaning

Answer Key: The key provides potential answers for every question asked in every lesson. Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer! Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking and use textual evidence to support their stance. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work. 

The entire resource and its inclusive set of questions allows for multiple potential uses based on your determination about when and where it would be most helpful, either in-class or for homework. Regardless, every question is aligned to a relevant Common Core State Standard.

Looking for additional resources for The Book Thief? Check out these resources:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Tests, Quizzes, Essays
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Literary Analysis, Novel Study, 34 Assignments
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