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The Best Middle School Ongoing Literature Class| Novel Study| Book Club


Book Club: World War II's European Front

During each meeting, we will discuss books that cover a variety of topics surrounding WW2. Our purpose will be enhancing our reading and analysis skills while growing our knowledge and ability to decipher truth vs fiction.
Tegan Bombard
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Class Experience

Literary Learning Goals:
1. Learners will be able to understand the theme(s) present within a novel based on textual evidence and inference.
2. Learners will be able to diagram the major plot points of a novel with details from the text to support their claim(s).
3. Learners will be able to analyze characters and describe how characters change, what leads to this change, and how these changes impact the story.
4. Learners will be able to identify and describe the impact that dialogue, imagery, structure, etc have on a piece of literature.

Social Studies Learning Goals:
1. Learners will understand the intense discrimination that Jewish people experienced during the Nazi era and World War II.
2. Learners will compare methods of survival across the intense challenges faced by groups targeted during WWII.
3. Learners will gain a deep understanding of resistance and what motivates resistance during times of intense struggle.
In addition the sources noted above, Mrs. Bombard has participated in numerous Holocaust Education learning experiences including those sponsored by:
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Facing History
Teaching Tolerance
Florida Holocaust Museum

She has been teaching Holocaust and World War II-related content for over a decade for ages 9-16 with a focus on building an understanding of atrocities through literature.
1. Learners will be expected to read the selected novels outside of class. 
2. Between week 5 and 6, learners will be expected to self-select a novel focusing on WWII's European Front, read that novel, and create a short (5-10 minute) presentation about that novel for their peers.
𝘌𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵: 𝘈 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺, by Julian Padawicz, 𝘌𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵: 𝘈 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺, 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘉-3087, by Alan Gratz, 𝘍𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘗𝘦𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘴: 𝘈 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺, by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan, 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦, by Jennifer A. Nielsen and a final book of the learner's choosing.
Informal assessment is a natural part of this class, however, families may request a more formal report or grade. If something more formal is needed, please provide notice of that prior to the start date of the class.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This class does focus on novels centered around World War II. As such, we will discuss concentration camps and some of the horrific acts that occurred within them. Given the ages of this class (9-12), we will discuss gas chambers, [mass] murders, medical experimentation, family separation, starvation, & death. 

We will not be discussing atrocities related to reproduction, sexual organs, or sexual abuse. 

If your learner needs to step away during these discussions, I encourage them to do so. If you need me to be aware of potential sensitivities prior to the discussions, please feel welcome to reach out. I will follow-up each class with a classroom post detailing the topics that we discussed in class so that families have the ability to help their kiddos process those together.
𝘌𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵 & 𝘍𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘗𝘦𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘴 are first-account stories written by the individuals who experienced them. 

𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘉-3087 is a historical fiction retelling of the true story of Ruth and Jack Gruener.

𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 is a historical fiction novel that draws on the real events and individuals, but is predominantly fiction.

Additional source material for this class has shaped the historical context and information. These include:
Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders, by Gerhard L. Weinberg
Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, by Alexandra Zapruder
World War II: A New History, by Evan Mawdsley
The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, by Michael Berenbaum


Tegan Bombard
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Empowering Elementary and Middle-Grade Learners to Achieve Greatness
451 total reviews
548 completed classes

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