The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Novel Study

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Formats Included
  • PPTX
50 pages
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak novel study includes all lessons necessary for a successful unit plan. This is an English Language Arts lesson for grades levels 10, 11, or 12. Most often used for grade level 12. Your students will enjoy the rigor and creativity of this lesson built on best teaching practices.


  • Multiple journal responses
  • Vocabulary worksheet
  • Purpose of reading questions
  • Close reading questions
  • One-pager assignment project
  • Essay: Prompt, outline, rubric, self-edit
  • Philosophical chairs: expectations, check lists, grading sheet
  • Compare/contrast expository writing
  • Claim expository writing
  • Double journal response entries
  • Costa's questions cues for Socratic seminar
  • Reading comprehension
  • Plot structure diagram
Total Pages
50 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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