Day 2

The Book Thief Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why do you think that Ilsa Hermann, the mayor's wife, invited Liesel into her library?

    They both shared a love of books that was over-powering. Perhaps the mayor's wife also sensed that Liesel understood loss, in the same way she did, though Liesel didn't allow it to overwhelm her.

  2. 2

    What is the significance of the following quote: “[Liesel] was a girl. In Nazi Germany. How fitting that she was discovering the power of words” (147)?

    Ask students what role words played in Nazi Germany (e.g. book burning, propaganda, speeches). How does Liesel discover the power of words? Talk about whether words have changed for her since she found the grave digger book...

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