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Number the Stars Reading Guide

by sostrowski

  • Release Date: February 12, 2019
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Pre-Reading:  What do you know about…

  • Jewish people?
  • Denmark?
  • Nazis?
  • The Holocaust?
  • World Wars I & II?
  • The Star of David?

Vocabulary Words Chapters 1-4:

  • Lanky
  • Nazi
  • Sabotage
  • Kroner
  • Disdainfully
  • Rabbi
  • Halte
  • Rationed
  • Swastika
  • Synagogue

Character Development:

  • At this point in the story, what do we know about Annemarie and Ellen?
  • How have they grown as people/characters since earlier findings?

Discussion Questions:

  • What happens to the girls on their way home from school?
  • What is De Frie Danske? Who bought it and why?
  • Who are the resistance fighters? What impact do they have on the Jews?
  • How has the Nazi occupation changed the lives of the citizens in Copenhagen?
  • What religion do the Rosens practice? Why is this a problem?
  • What is wrong with Kirsti’s new shoes? How is this problem fixed?
  • Why does Ellen spend the night with Annemarie?
  • How would you describe Ellen and Annemarie’s relationship with one another?

Vocabulary Words Chapters 5-8:

  • Star of David
  • Tentatively
  • Shoreline
  • Relocate
  • Specter
  • Pose
  • Exasperation
  • Hazy
  • Military arrest
  • Imprinted

Character Development:

  • At this point in the story, what do we know about Annemarie and Ellen?
  • How have they grown as people/characters since earlier findings?

Discussion Questions:

  • What does Ellen wear? What is significant about this?
  • Who is King Christian X? What decision did he make and how did that decision affect the lives of people in Denmark?
  • What did the girls call one of the street soldiers? Why is this an insult?
  • What do the Germans take from the Jews? What do they do with it?
  • Do you think this is fair? Explain your feelings.
  • What does Papa do when the German soldiers start askingquestions about Ellen?
  • What can the girls see when they look across the Baltic Sea?
  • What do you think this might represent?

Vocabulary Words Chapter 9-12:

  • Rhythmically
  • Mourning
  • Urgency
  • Staccato
  • Typhus
  • Godspeed
  • Surge

Character Development:

  • At this point in the story, what do we know about Annemarie and Ellen?
  • How have they grown as people/characters since earlier findings?

Vocabulary Words Chapters 13-16:

  • Drunkard
  • Sprawling
  • Stricken
  • Donned
  • Latticed
  • Visible
  • Saliva
  • Contempt
  • Tantalize

Character Development:

  • At this point in the story, what do we know about Annemarie and Ellen?
  • How have they grown as people/characters since earlier findings?

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Designed to accompany Lois Lowry's novel Number the Stars, this packet is a reading guide that includes vocabulary and comprehension questions. Great for upper elementary students.