Social Studies

Markus Zusak's the Book Thief: WWII, Social Studies, Literature Book Study for High School

This course will read Markus Zusak's powerful book "The Book Thief". This course is a 4-week long, social-studies intensive course. We will use The Book Thief by Markus Zusak as a literature connection to dive deeper into historical events surrounding this era. We will also examine themes, characters, and historical events of the book and what lessons can be learned from it.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Jun 14

Jun 14 - Jul 5 (4 weeks)
4pm - 5pm

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
By the end of the class, students will have read the entirety of Markus Zusak's book, and engaged in purposeful conversations about its themes, characters, and events. Ideally, they will learn more about World War II and its impact on the German people as well. 
I hold a BA in History, and an MA in International Relations. I have completed training certificates in teaching history and political science to middle and high school students. I have taught on Outschool for two years, reaching over 150 students. Prior to Outschool, I taught, substituted, and volunteered in-person, in local middle and high schools. I believe in fostering a safe, neutral place for students to engage with history and learn from the past, and I am excited to read this powerful story with others. 
This is a book club/ literature study; students are required to read from applicable chapters prior to each class and come prepared to discuss them. 

In class: Participating students are required to post at least one thoughtful comment, discussion point, or question to the classroom page before each class and participate in class discussions and games. I will also ask students to bring at least one comment and/or question to the live session. Students who do not participate in live-sessions and/or on the classroom page may be dropped from the course without a refund. 

Outside of class: In addition to in class and classroom page discussions, each class will have an assignment for learners to complete. These will include essay responses, a creative project, and public speaking and presentation. A detailed description of assignments can be found in the course description. 
Learners will need to purchase and obtain their own copy of Markus Zusak's book. It will not be provided by the instructor. Audiobooks are acceptable, however, I would recommend bringing a paper copy to class since we will be discussing it, and a paper copy may be easier to reference. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
For homework, I will assign essay/paragraph responses, research and public presentations, and a creative project. While I will review learner’s work for comprehension and participation, and offer commentary, I do not give letter or percentage grades. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This book takes place in Nazi Germany during World War II, and is narrated by Death. It examines events such as the Holocaust, and themes such as humanity, the power of literature, and the cost of war. The book uses several strong expletives, and has moments of physical abuse and violence. Because of these elements, this course is designed for mature students, ideally in high school. Learners under 14 years old will not be permitted to join this course. Any learner under 14 who attempts to enroll in this course will be unenrolled. 
This is a literature study of Markus Zusak's book "The Book Thief". Any additional resources used in this course comes from the National Holocaust Museum and is available on their webpage. 


Ms. Coupe, BA, MAInstructor
52 total reviews
109 completed classes

About Me

Hello there! I have a passion for history and I offer AP courses, tutoring, and social clubs in History, Political Science, Philosophy, writing, and literature. 

My education includes an MA in International Relations, and a B.A. in History with a... 
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