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"Milkweed" Book Club - How the Boy With No Name Found an Identity!

In this three week book club, we will explore life during WWII and the harsh reality of living on the streets in the Warsaw Ghettos during the war to end all wars.
Jennifer Gerber, MBA, MAT
79 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 1 learner
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45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 3 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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1.) Students will use comprehension strategies flexibly as they read the literary text "A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. 
2.) Students will analyze themes, conflict and elements of plot throughout the text and demonstrate their understanding through summarizing and paraphrasing. 
I have been teaching English Language Arts to middle school and high school students for the past 12 years.  Under the ELA standards, I teach a unit each year on the Holocaust using narrative, informational and non-fiction text.  In addition, I have a Masters degree in Teaching with a concentration in English Language Arts and History.  Also, I am a published author and beta writer for other published authors in both academic writing and fiction writing.
There are 208 pages in the book, so each student will be required to read approx. 52 pages between each class meeting time and come prepared to discuss.  Each week, we will also be discussing specific elements of plot, themes, conflict or literary devices.  Students will be asked to find and come prepared to discuss those elements when they attend the next class.  I will post materials and discussion questions on google classroom in-between class meeting times.
Each student will need to purchase a copy of the book "Milkweed" by Jerry Spinelli. In addition, I would recommend students have highlighters, pen/pencil, paper, and sticky notes.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This book is a work of fiction that is based upon historical events during WWII and the Holocaust.  It discusses WWII and life in one of the most devastating settings imaginable-Nazi-occupied Warsaw, Poland.  Some students may have difficulty with the subject matter since it discusses the harsh reality of living in the Warsaw Ghettos, violence against Jews/ Gypsy's/ Outcasts, and the difficulties encountered by those trying to survive during WWII.

Please Note: "Parents need to know that this is a difficult book due to the topic of the Holocaust -- and it is meant to be. The plot deals with the realities of being Jewish in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, as seen through the eyes of an innocent child forced to steal food and change his name to survive on the streets. There are also mentions of human torture, explosions, death and, of course, the Holocaust." (excerpt from Common Sense Media).  During our discussions, we will be addressing some of these issues and analyzing how they are presented in the book vs. documented accounts from non-fiction sources.  We also will be discussing some of the real life heroes that the book discuss such as Dr. Janusz Korczak who ran the orphanage in Warsaw and ultimately died in the gas chambers along with his students.  In addition, we will talk about the Warsaw uprising which occurred in 1944 and lasted 63 days.  It was led by Polish Resistance fighters that attempted to push out the German army, but ultimately were unsuccessful.  However, their efforts were the single largest European resistance movement during WWII.
We will be using articles from News ELA, as well as, documentaries from the History Channel and BBC during this book study.  Also, we will be looking at primary source documents from Yad Vashim (the World Holocaust Remembrance Center) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Jennifer Gerber, MBA, MAT
Lives in the United States
Certified teaching professional with a passion for kids and unlocking their hidden potential.
79 total reviews
69 completed classes

About Me

Hello students and families,

My name is Jennifer Gerber, and I have been teaching middle school, high school, and college level classes for the past 12 years. I have experience teaching English, History, Chemistry, Physics, Earth/ Space Science,... 
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