Additional film and book suggestions are at the end of this guide in the find out more section on page 11. Who is the first character to see the fire in the distance upon emerging from the air raid shelter. She found it lying in the snow on the day of her brothers burial. What are the best books about identity for teenagers. Sister maria gives the children a progress test at school. In markus zusak s book, the book thief, liesel has to face many obstacles in order to see that she just needs to be brave and keep fighting through the emotional pain. Liesel and werner are being taken to the small town of molching, just outside of munich, germany, to live with foster parents. Along her journey she witnesses the death of her younger brother. Next only to anne franks diary, the book thief is a popular young adult novel set during the holocaust which gives a unique perspective on identity and highlights the hardships of persecution and. She is a little, but very strong girl, who has to suffer too much in her life. How can words have such powerful consequences or benefits.
At first, she doesnt have liesel read aloud, but rudy speaks up, saying that liesel needs a turn. Create online engaging jeopardystyle games for the classroom in just minutes with factile. This will help you better understand the character motivation of liesel and her father. Book thief author markus zusak visits darien high school. Death explains that liesel meminger will steal her second book, the shoulder shrug, from a book burning on hitlers birthday and hints at many of the events that follow. Ilsa presents her with a blank book, and liesel begins writing the story of her life, called the book thief. The book thief is narrated by death yup, you heard that right who tells us the story of liesel meminger. Students will learn about the backdrop of the novel in the holocaust era of world war ii through multifaceted activities like. On a half sheet of poster board or that size you will create a collage of that event. The book thief topics for discussion markus zusak this study guide consists of approximately 52 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of the book thief. I also find myself pondering how zusak gives words themselves weight, life and threedimensionality. Litcharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in the book thief, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. In this unit, you will read the book thief, a historical novel by markus zusak.
The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive german family during the nazi era. The death narrates this story, describes main characters and gives us his own opinion about humans. Zusak, who lives in sydney, australia, presented with a combination of humor and seriousness about writing to more than 600 students in attendance in the school s auditorium last week. Markus zusak was born in australia grew up listening to his mothers stories about nazi germany fascinated with stories of the bombing of munich and jews inspired by the outsiders by s. This is why the book thief, based on the popular 2005 novel by markus zusak, is an important new contribution to the holocaust film genre. The book thief 1 the book thief markus zusak markus zusak reading the first printed edition. Hinton and rumple fish won the 2006 printz honor for excellence in young adult. You must include both the positives and negatives of the event, and incorporate the quote in some way. Teaching resources reading comprehension activities reading strategies education middle school special needs students middle school english the book thief.
Model answers provided and opportunities for peer and self assessment throughout. She is 9 years old at the beginning of the story, when after the death of her brother she is taken in by the hubermann family. The book thief study guide contains vocabulary and questions arranged according to grouped chapters of the novel prologuepart 1, part 2part 3, part 4part 5, part 6part 7, part 8part 9, part 10epilogue. With hans hubermmans teaching, it is the first book that she learns to read. A 26 slide presentation preparing students for the paper 1, section a of the aqa gcse english language exam. Collaborative, selfdirected learners use a variety of reading strategies to analyze, understand, and create personal enrichment, inquiry, and problem solve when engaging with markus zusaks historical fiction novel, the book thief. Clear reference made to the markscheme and assessment objectives throughout the presentation. Memphis reads has selected the international best seller the book thief by australian writer marcus zusak as its 2017 communityread book.
The novel also shows the destruction of literature and writing, as dramatized by the burning of jewish creative and intellectual products in a book burning to commemorate adolph hitlers birthday. About the author alicia leblanc is the administrative and editorial a ssistant for the unitarian universalist. The book thief part two summary and analysis gradesaver. In markus zusaks book, the book thief, liesel has to face many obstacles in order to see that she just needs to be brave and keep fighting through the emotional pain. Set in germany in the years 19391943, the book thief tells the story of liesel, narrated by death who has in his possession the book she wrote about these years. The novel follows liesel, a young girl living in world war ii germany. Book thief questions part ten middle school english.
Markus zusaks fiction bestseller the book thief follows a young girl, liesel meminger, as she lives under hitlers rule. The book thief is a great book to teach students a wide range of literary elements as well as to give them another perspective on a widelytaught historical subject. Her childhood isnt the happiest story but liesel can find happiness in reading and learning to write with hans and. This will be the focus of their essay, an essential question that connects both the book thief and their in dependent read. The book begins when liesel is sent to live with a foster family. You will learn about world war ii and the influence of nazi propaganda. As we have group discussions on our classroom book, students will also be comparing it to their independent reading. What ethnicity is the pilot whose plane has crashed near the river. Students should have learned about the events that occurred during the holocaust prior to this course. If the book is heartbreaking as it is, it would be devastating or impossible to read it firstperson from liesels point of view.
Then they draw a head and arms on card stock and attach them to the board from behind to make it look like the main character is peeking over the report. The book thief by markus zusak describes young liesel memingers battle. His father was a house painter from austria and his mother was from a small town near munich, germany. This book is very important to liesel as it is the last thing that. Words and books are a characters in the book thief, not just delivery vehicles. The films protagonist, an illiterate girl named liesel meminger, is orphaned in nazi germany after her mother is imprisoned for her communist beliefs. The book thief exam jeopardy factile jeopardy classroom.
Once a reluctant soldier during world war i, he is a house painter and accordionist. She writes in the basement, and shes doing just this when himmel street is bombed. You can include symbols that represent the event, photos, etc. English language paper 1 section a revision the book thief.
Using cardboard lap books or small science report boards, students include details about their book s main characters, plot, setting, conflict, resolution, etc. Poetic, riveting, and painful, it is narrated by death and holds a story of a young girl in nazi germany. But, it is expected that several students may not have had access to the information that i expect them to know. Dufferinpeel catholic district school board the book thief. The book thief is a story narrated by a compassionate death who tells us about liesel, a girl growing up in germany during world war ii.
This collection includes prereading, during reading, and postreading activities for the book thief. Adults have often tried to stop children reading books they considered unsuitable or dangerous. Liesel character since the beginning of time, people have used bravery to continue fighting in order to overcome the hardest things in life. The book thief is definitely one of the best films that i have seen this year. Color theory in the book thief henry county school district. Licensed to youtube by wmg on behalf of east west records uk ltd. Liesels parents decided to give her away because they were being taken away by the nazis for being communists and the same thing would happen to their daughter so her parents decide to give liesel away because that will. The book thief is framed by various other books, not the least of which is protagonist liesels memoir, the book thief. Liesel meminger is the main character of the book the book thief. Liesel is shown the true stakes of the war when her father hides a young jewish man in thier basement. Its january 1939, and ten year old liesel is traveling by train with her mother and her little brother werner. Death is present from start to finish in the movie in which the acting performances by sophie nelisse,geoffrey rush and emily watson were remarkable.
That fall, world war ii begins, and liesel becomes the heavyweight champion of the schoolyard. Rebellious in nature, liesel feeds her hunger for stories by stealing books from book burnings. Markus zusak, author of the international bestselling book, the book thief, shared personal stories and insights about being an author with darien high school dhs students. The book thief cliffsnotes study guides book summaries. Markus frank zusak 36 was born in sydney australia on june 23, 1975. The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by markus zusak and adapted by michael petroni. The book thief, based on the popular 2005 novel by markus zusak, is an important new contribution to the holocaust film genre, spurring popular awareness of the nature of the holocaust, the role of rescuers, forms of resistance and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism. The lesson is focused on preparing students for question 2. Nominated as one of americas bestloved novels by pbss the great american read. The book thief this project should reflect not only your understanding of the text, but also your ability to connect the text to the real world. Memphis reads selects the book thief by markus zusak. A stunning tale of adolescence in nazi germany, the book thief follows the life of liesel meminger as she grows up in the home of her adoptive parents. Sister maria says that liesel cant do it, that she cant read.
Yes, the book thief would be a great book to add to the english 10 curriculum. Throughout history, books have been banned for various reasons. The grave diggers handbook is the first book that liesel stole. Morality and the power of words by ilana lagraff 2. Not only does it display many themes parallel to those in other books we have read, but the book thief is also a fantastic book that can catch a readers interest. Death remarks that nazi germany was built in particular on burning. Best quotes from censored or banned dangerous books. The book thief is the story of a 10yearold girl liesel who is given up by her parents to live with a foster family in a town near germanys capital berlin. The book thief is the kind of book that you read in stunned silence, shaking your head in amazement. See more ideas about the book thief, this or that questions and teaching. She brings it to the hubermanns house, and hides it under her bed. Ppt the book thief powerpoint presentation free to. What does rudy give to the dying pilot in the hopes of comforting him during death.367 621 856 352 1288 1309 449 660 1303 88 796 1433 34 367 277 987 401 1198 874 1107 1341 286 838 1527 442 644 1393 817 1013 1468 926 1400 654 1007 210 297