Day 2

The Book Thief Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    The Power of Words: Book Burning

    Kind of Activity:

    creative, historical


    to familiarize students with the historical setting of the novel


    Show your students the following video clip (or another comparable clip) of Goebbels speaking at a book burning. Ask students to write down five words that describe their feelings or reactions to seeing the book burning in person. Break the students into pairs or groups of three, and give them five minutes to discuss how viewing the book burning differed than their reactions to simply reading about it. Then, using their five words, ask students to spend 10 minutes individually composing a short poem or prose reaction...

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