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Book Study Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Historical Fiction Teens

This 2-week book Humanities class leads students to discuss the story of the greatest marine disaster, using four fictional people. Through the characters, we learn about German refugees fleeing from the Soviet Army.
Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
377 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
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55 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 2 weeks
13-18
year olds
2-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

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This class is taught in English.
: Express your opinion about the issue you want to focus on for your study and infer what the author’s opinion is about this same issue.
2. Describe a character in-depth and explain how various aspects of the character relate to other literary elements of the novel. (E.g: how does character relate to setting or theme?)
 3. Describe how a character’s personality, attitudes, conflict and relationships change and explain why these changes are important to the novel
4. Infer the author’s purpose for writing this novel. 
5. Explain how the author develops the theme in the novel. 
6. Make connections between the novel and any or all of the following: your personal world, aspects of human nature, society and the wider world, history..
7.  Create a list of quotes that describe character, conflicts, and theme.

Map the setting of the story. 
Create a timeline of the setting. 
I am both state-licensed and certified as highly qualified to teach middle school history and reading. I have taught in a public school classroom for over 15 years. I was the lead history teacher for my school as well as a district reading teacher of the year. Personally, I have spent much of my free time researching and traveling to historical landmarks in the United States and Europe.  I believe that in every story there are three stories: Each side's point of view and the facts. 
Weekly discussion guides provided by the teacher.
Writing prompts for additional work outside of the classroom. 
Map the setting of the story.
Create a timeline of WWII in Europe. 
The YA novel, "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys. Published by Penguin House books. teacher provided handouts
Kahoot! review quiz
3 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This story is set in Europe during WWII. The story is based on a real event where thousands of people died during the sinking of a ship in the Baltic Sea. We will discuss the Nazi government, ideology, laws, Final Solution, and Operation Hannibal.  It is obvious that we will discuss the death and destruction that war causes and how people react. This study is not taking sides against or for anyone's past government system, but we will talk about moral rights and what is universally accepted as wrong. It is by openly talking about the past, that we can plan for a better future. I expect students to be kind to each other's views during our discussions. 
I will not go into details about the specific details of the horrors of WWII. I will answer questions and direct students to resources to answer more specific questions as necessary. 
The YA novel, "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys. Published by Penguin House books. 

Teacher

Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Kim Guthrie M.Ed.
377 total reviews
536 completed classes

About Me

I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

 I speak French and love to travel to countries where I can immerse... 
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