Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
First published 1989
Plot Description: A powerful story set in Nazi occupied Denmark in 1943. Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is called upon for a selfless act of bravery to help save her best-friend, Ellen, a Jew. The Nazis have occupied Copenhagen and there are food shortages, curfews and the constant threat of being stopped by soldiers and for Annemarie the dangers become even greater when her best-friend’s life become endangered simple because she is a Jew. When the Nazi’s come to take Ellen and her family away to be “relocated”, Ellen is taken in by Annemarie’s parents and suddenly Annemarie’s family are under threat too. Annemarie has to call upon all her resources for courage and bravery as she helps her friend make a daring escape.
Evaluation: Not only does this give a brief introduction to the Holocaust, but it also introduces students to what can happen when the differences between us are feared instead of celebrated.
Quantitative Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Content Area: History/Social Science, ELA
TEKS Subject Standard: SS 3.1A, SS 3.2A, SS 3.3A
Curriculum Lesson Plans: http://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/activity/35plan/number1.htm