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The Shadow Children by Steven Schnur: Poetry Analysis Project

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One summer after the Second World War, Etienne visits his beloved grand-father near the French town of Mont Brulant. A two-month vacation stretches before Etienne -- with hay to be turned, pears to be harvested, and old books to help repair. Best of all are the fields and woods around Mont Brulant, waiting to be explored on the back of Grand-père's horse.

But this year Mont Brulant isn't the same as Etienne remembers it. Why don't any young people live in the town now? he wonders. And why doesn't anyone else notice the refugee children begging along the road?

Then one day Etienne discovers children living in the woods -- children named Isaac and Sarah, and many others. Grand-père says he's imagining things. But why is Grand-père so worried about the markings that suddenly appear on Etienne's forearm?

As Etienne unravels the truth of what happened to the children of Mont Brulant, he and Grand-père must together confront an unspeakable tragedy. Steven Schnur's remarable tale of guilt and rememberance will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

This amazing story is best analyzed through poetry after a class read. Students are asked to discuss the two literary genres used here: Historical Fiction and Jewish Heritage.

Then students are asked to analyze this piece of literature by creating the following forms of poetry below to express author's theme and main idea.

Poems include:
Diamante
Cinquain
Haiku
Who-What-When-Where-Why
Acrostic
***Students form poetry based on information from the book

Example poetry included to share:
Diamante
Cinquain
Haiku
Acrostic

**** Encourage decorative poetry to adorn your walls!

JEWISH HERITAGE NOVELS AND ACTIVITIES

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The Shadow Children by Steven Schnur: Poetry Analysis Project
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The Shadow Children by Steven Schnur: Poetry Analysis Project