6-8 Core Literature Themes and
Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
It is 1943. Three years of Nazi occupation have brought changes to Copenhagen,
the home of 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen where her best friend, Ellen
Rosen is protected from the Nazis. Number the Stars was drawn from true
accounts of the Danish Resistance, which succeeded in saving the lives
of almost all of Denmark's nearly 8,000 Jews.
grade Core Literature
and Vocabulary Words
Nazism, World War II, genocide, prejudice, propaganda, Antisemitism,
Holocaust, resistance, rationing, curfew, perpetrator
Prejudice, War, Holocaust
What do you
know about World War II?
What was the Holocaust?
What is Anti-Semitism?
on Number the Stars
This WebQuest by Erin Rhinestone integrates reading and Social
Studies includes activities in cooperative groups, independent
work, projects, and responses to the novel through reading, writing,
art activities, discussion, research, and an assessment rubric.
Literature Alive Site on Number the Stars
This site provides tools for teachers and activities for students
on the novel.
research the Holocaust and write about Nazi goals then ask students
to answer: Why did non-Jewish families like the Johansen's want
to help Jewish families and individuals like the Rosen's, while
other families didn't care?
Language Arts Content Standards
2.0 Writing Applications
2.4 Write responses to literature:
a. Develop an interpretation exhibiting careful reading, understanding,
b. Organize the interpretation around several clear ideas, premises,
c. Develop and justify the interpretation through sustained use
of examples and textual evidence.
How can lives
be changed by historical events?
This site includes primary source documents, essays, photographs,
and resources about the Holocaust including those that deny there
was a Holocaust. Advise teacher to review resources first and
develop activities specific to any they choose.
Teachers Guide to the Holocaust
This site includes activities, resources, timelines, lessons,
and activities about the Holocaust for different age groups.
Create a graphical
organizer about an historical event in the book including event,
who, what, where, why, how, and significance.
Discuss current events and prejudices. Share a vision of a world
where people are embraced for their similarities and appreciated
for their differences.
2.0 Writing Applications
Write research reports:
a. Pose relevant questions with a scope narrow enough to be thoroughly
b. Support the main idea or ideas with facts, details, examples,
and explanations from multiple authoritative sources (e.g., speakers,
periodicals, online information searches).
c. Include a bibliography.
1.7 Students analyze America's participation in World War II.
Discuss the constitutional issues and impact of events on the
U.S. home front, including the internment of Japanese Americans
(e.g., Fred Korematsu v. United States of America) and the restrictions
on German and Italian resident aliens; the response of the administration
to Hitler's atrocities against Jews and other groups; the roles
of women in military production; and the roles and growing political
demands of African Americans.
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