Helping a kid with a speech on Hana's suitcase.
OK, you can focus your speech on an incident in the book that really had an impact on you. (teacher has told me kid x has read the book).
Kid: Well, I guess the bit where she found out her brother was dead
O-kay...but are you sure the brother died?
Kid: Oh yes, George died.
There's a picture of George as a man here in the book...
Kid: He died, miss.
And here's a paragraph about it (reads paragraph, which describes GEORGE finding out how HANA died in Auschwitz - George having survived the war).
Kid: that's right, Hana died.
Now about your speech, what else do you remember about the novel?
But you read it in class, all together
Kid: Yeah, but I didn't listen much.
So why did Hana have to pack a suitcase?
Kid: it was the war
Kid: the one with the Nazis
And that was - ?
Kid: World War.
World War 1 or World War 2?
Kid. One. Two. One. No, it was Two, wasn't it?
by the end of the lesson, we had the beginnings of a speech....he went away with a printout of what we had composed so far, and we'll work on it a bit more when the class returns. There are a couple of others especially needing one on one help, and whose removal from the class makes it all work just a bit better...
The happy life of teacher librarians: one step at a time, and make sure you know WHO died (!)
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