Day 3

The Book Thief Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Discuss the consequences Papa describes if Liesel mentions Max to anyone. Are the consequences morally justiafiable? Is the way he presents them to her morally justifiable?

    Is it okay for Papa to scare/threaten Liesel? Weigh the possibilities of emotional scarring with the lives that hang in the balance. If students say that the way Hans presents the consequences isn't morally justifiable, ask how could he have presented it better. Also discuss the symbolism of book burning. Considering how book burning is represented in the rest of the book, is is okay for Hans to threaten his daughter with it?

  2. 2

    How are Max and Liesel similar? How does this help them connect?


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