Relatable Characters in Dark Tales and The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak's The Book Thief is another novel high on the list of must-reads from The Great American Read collection. Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George  W. Bush, and John Green of Crash Course series fame share why this dark but hope-filled tale is their favorite book.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Include the novel in a study of World War II and The Holocaust
  • Select a scene from the novel and ask groups to rewrite it from a different point of view or in the voice of a different character, and then in a whole-class discussion, ask readers to share how the changes affect the impact of the scene
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of The Great American Read collection
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Pros
  • Includes discussion questions and a vocabulary list with definitions
Cons
  • None