This is a 2016 Newberry Honor Book by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. It is historical fiction set in England prior and during World War II. It tells the story of an abused, disabled girl and her fight for her own freedom from her life of abuse. I have read it three times now, and I love it more each time.
This would be a great companion for any study on World War II because it describes the day-to-day impact the war had on everyday people.
1. Guided reading questions for each chapter.
2. Analysis of specific text including dialogue.
3. Vocabulary used in the text with definitions. Students are asked to write a brief connection of the vocabulary word to the story.
4. Writing prompts.
5. Identifying figurative language and analysis of its significance.
6. Theme: students are given text excerpts and have to decide which theme the text best supports. They are required to give a brief reason why.
7. The author uses Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Swiss Family Robinson within the story. Students are asked to read summaries of those novels and make connections with the text.
8. Using research to understand historical fiction. Students are asked to give a brief explanation of historical events or items from the story and connect each to the story.
9. Eight (8) comprehension quizzes.
10. Six (6) vocabulary quizzes.
11. ANSWER KEYS
The War that Saved My Life Analyzing Text and Balanced Literacy
by Dianne Watson
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