This May Marks the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Denmark
On April 9, 1940 after one of the shortest battles in history lasting a mere six hours, Denmark was occupied by the Nazis. They would remain under Nazi control until May 1945 when they were liberated by Allied Forces.
During the time of occupation in Denmark, as in many other occupied countries the Nazis were on the hunt for innocent Jews.
Amazingly though, about 90 percent of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust. That is significantly more than any other European country. Why?
The Danes had a fortunate advantage than that of many other countries. Danish Jews were but a mere boat trip across the sea away from Sweden and danger. As soon as it was discovered that Danish Jews would be in danger because of the occupying Nazis, the locals got to work smuggling them out of Denmark into Sweden by using cunning ingenious methods, and…fishing boats.
In this way, over 7,000 Danish Jews were brought to safety!
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a middle grade novel that brings that long ago heroic act back to life for it’s readers to experience.
Number the Stars tells the story of a young Danish girl named Annemarie and her Jewish friend Ellen Rosen. Annemarie and her family have to help the Rosens escape occupied Denmark where Nazis are lurking around every street corner and outside every building. They must try to get the Rosens safely across the Sea to Sweden and freedom; knowing that it won’t be easy and it will certainly be dangerous.
Number the Stars is filled with action, suspense, and true friendship. It tells the amazing story of how the Danish citizens during World War Two really banded together to take care of their own no matter the cost.
I am sure that if you have read the book you will agree with me. There is so much of value to be taken from reading Number the Stars. But why stop there?
I was so fascinated by the brave heroism of the Danish people in World War Two and the charming story of Annemarie Johansen, that I have created a novel study for Number the Stars.
I personally believe that the job of novel study isn’t to test your child with comprehension questions to see if they read a book. A novel study shouldn’t suck the life out of a book or make children lose interest in it. A novel study in my mind should enrich the reading experience. It should add value to the book and not take it away.
That is what I strive for when creating my novel studies. I try to find ways to make a story more interesting, to offer a way to dig deeper into the life that the characters are living and give children a stronger connection to the books that they read.
What is included in the Number the Stars Novel Study?
The Number the Stars Novel Study that I have created is split into four lessons. Each lesson includes a number of sections. Those sections are:
>> A short summary of the chapters read for that particular lesson as a quick refresher.
>> A lesson overview which gives you a good idea of what is going to be covered in that particular lesson.
>> A list of vocabulary words and their definitions. Vocabulary words are chosen from the chapters read for that particular lesson.
>> A selection of copywork/ dictation passages to choose from for that lesson. Printable copywork pages for each passage are included with the purchase of the novel study.
>> Poetry memorization/recitation is also included for each lesson. Printable poetry cards for each lesson are included with the purchase of the novel study.
>> A History & Geography section which covers any significant historical or geographical topics covered in the chapters read for that particular lesson.
>> An activity related to the chapters read for that particular lesson which might include writing projects, drawing activities, crafts, and more.
>> A list of open-ended, Socratic discussion questions can be found at the end of each chapter, encouraging students to think deeper.
Beyond what is included in the novel study, when you purchase this novel study you will be given a link to an extra resources page where you will find more printables, activities, and links to safe websites and videos.
Here is a look at the first chapter in the Number the Stars Novel Study. Let me know what you think.
If you have any questions about it before you decide to purchase it, please to hesitate to contact me with any questions you have.
Annemarie’s story is so amazing and the true story behind it is even better. Hats off to the heroes of the Danish resistance and everyone that made it possible for so many Danish Jews to escape the horrors of the Holocaust!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and will consider sharing it forward for others to read. Again, if you have any questions about the Number the Stars Novel Study or any of the other novel studies I have available please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to answer your questions.