Number the Stars Unit Plan - Novel Study Reading Unit Bundle - Lois Lowry

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Number the Stars Unit Plan includes everything you need to teach Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. With more than 200+ pages and slides of content, there will be absolutely no prep required. This novel unit includes eye-catching presentation slides, print-ready assignments, questions, vocabulary, quizzes, interactive class activities, and more!

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Included in The Number the Stars Unit Plan:

➡️ Number the Stars Introductory Presentation: Start the Number the Stars unit plan with this interactive PowerPoint presentation that includes pre-reading discussion questions, an interactive class activity, a biography of Lois Lowry, a fun review quiz, novel context and reception, and historical background context on the novel.

➡️ Number the Stars Summary Cards: These summary cards are an excellent classroom reference for both teacher and student. These printable chapter summary cards outline the most important plot moments from Number the Stars organized by chapter sets. Simply print and cut out the cards, and you have a resource available that can be used as a tool for struggling readers, as a quick way to find plot moments, or as a tool to find text evidence during essay writing.

➡️ Number the Stars Quizzes: Included are six quizzes to assess student comprehension of the novel. Each quiz includes six multiple-choice questions and two quotes that students must respond to by sharing context. For each quote, students are required to explain what is happening at that point in the plot with any relevant information. Answer keys are included.

➡️ Number the Stars Vocabulary Booklet and Slides: Help students learn new vocabulary words from the novel during your Number the Stars unit plan with this ready-to-use resource. This resource helps students hone their skills in using context clues to determine the meaning of new words as they are used within Number the Stars. Included is a vocabulary booklet organized by chapter sets where students read the new word in a quote from the novel and infer its meaning. Then, they look up the definition to see if they were correct. Presentation slides are included for easy class review or grading.

➡️ Number the Stars Questions and Answers: This resource includes novel reading questions organized by chapters that include comprehension and digging deeper questions (analysis and connections). It also includes a presentation to review the answers with students. The answers are detailed and include text evidence for support.

➡️ Number the Stars Analysis Notes: This Number the Stars unit plan also includes a 27-slide PowerPoint presentation that shares some of the most important literary elements in Number the Stars organized by chapter set. The notes address setting, theme, tone, characterization, symbolism, and more. The notes can be used for students to copy, or they can be used as discussion starters. After using this presentation, your students will have a much deeper understanding of the novel.

➡️ Number the Stars Writing Prompts - Video Clips: Help your students make connections to the novel with these video journals. Students will watch a short video clip on YouTube that relates to a topic, theme, or idea presented in the novel. A related journal prompt is included and students share their thoughts and ideas in writing. The videos are not specific to the novel, but they relate in a way that allows students to make a text-to-self or text-to-world connection. YouTube is required & teachers should always preview the videos to make sure they are appropriate for their particular students.

➡️ Number the Stars Figurative Language: Cover common figurative language and literary devices after reading Number the Stars! This resource includes two figurative language assignments with examples from the novel. Students read the examples and determine what figurative language is being used.

This Number the Stars Unit Plan also includes creative assignments and activities for each chapter set. You can learn more about what's included below:
Chapters 1-3

➡️ Number the Stars Hashtag Posters & Assignment: This Number The Stars Hashtag of the Week/Day" poster display includes inspiring quotes from the novel with hashtags that share which character in the novel said the quote. The quotes are carefully selected to be thought-provoking and can be used as a discussion prompt. Introduce this during this chapter set and use it throughout the unit!

➡️ Number the Stars King Christian X Nonfiction Article & Assignment: In the text, Annmarie shares memories of her sister's stories about King Christian X and his role during the Nazi occupation. Help your students build background knowledge and context around this by reading an article about the king and answering comprehension and text connection questions.

Chapters 4-6

➡️ Number the Stars Jewish New Year Web Quest: In chapter 6 of Lois Lowry's novel, Number The Stars, we learn that Ellen's family will soon be celebrating the Jewish New Year. The novel does not provide much detail about the celebrations, but the reader knows it is very important to the Rosens. After reading this chapter, you can have students do some independent online research to understand the customs and traditions of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) with this ready-to-use web quest.

Chapters 7-9

➡️ Number the Stars Constellation Connections Artistic Activity: In these chapters of Number the Stars, Peter reads about the Lord "who numbered the stars one by one." In this creative task, connect the stars on the grid to craft a visual inspired by any theme, symbol, or moment from the novel and color it in. On the back, they will provide a brief paragraph explaining the inspiration behind your visual creation and its connection to the novel's broader themes.

➡️ Number the Stars Two Truths and a Lie Activity: In these chapters, Henrik lies to Annemarie about Aunt Birte. She learns an important lesson about bravery and also decides to withhold information from Ellen to protect her. Students will explore the theme of lying by answering questions about the text and playing a game of two truths and a lie.

Chapters 10-12

➡️ Number the Stars Character Analysis Diary Entry: The novel reveals a great deal about Annemarie, but some of the other characters' thoughts, feelings, and opinions are not examined in detail. Have students use this assignment to put either Peter, Henrik, Mrs. Rosen, or Ellen's thoughts and feelings into writing with a diary entry from the character's perspective. This assignment is useful for enabling students to put themselves in a character's shoes and make personal connections.

Chapters 13-15

➡️ Number the Stars and Little Red Riding Hood Comparison: After reading chapter 14 of Lois Lowry's novel, Number The Stars, have students examine the similarities and differences between the plot, characters, conflict, setting, and themes compared to Little Red Riding Hood. This is an excellent opportunity for students to practice making those all-important text-to-text connections!

➡️ Number the Stars Postcard in Code Activity: Students take on the perspective of Mrs. Johansen and write a postcard to Mr. Johansen back in Copenhagen. The postcard must be in code due to the Nazis monitoring the mail. This assignment requires higher-order thinking and challenges your students to be creative.

Chapters 16-17

➡️ Number the Stars Plot Diagram Assignment: Number the Stars plot diagram assignment includes a ready-to-use template for students to write what happens in the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. A detailed answer key is included.

➡️ Number the Stars The Free Danes Newspaper Writing: In Number The Stars, Peter brings the Johansens an illegal newspaper about the Resistance movement against the Nazis in Denmark. The reader doesn't know what exactly is in the newspaper, but after reading the novel, they can infer what might be included based on the events that happen at Uncle Henrik's house. Students will use what they know to develop the illegal Resistance newspaper, De Frie Danske (The Free Danes).

➡️ Number the Stars Final Creative Project Options: End your unit for Number the Stars by Lois Lowry with these high-interest final project ideas! Students can choose to write poetry, create a novel soundtrack, write an extra chapter, design a visual story, write diary entries, record a podcast, or create a history diagram.

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