|Number the Stars
The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in Number the Stars and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's
Literature Connections series.
Excerpt from Clara's Story by Clara Isaacman, © 1984
Summary: As the Nazis enforce anti-Jewish measures in occupied Belgium
in 1940, young Clara learns first-hand about the fear and loss that
haunts private homes and public places. (Due to the intense nature of
this Related Reading's subject matter, you may wish to review it before
assigning it to students.)
"The Butterfly" by Pavel Friedmann
9from I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Expanded 2nd Edition, ©1978)
Summary: In this poem from Terez'n Concentration Camp, a young man describes
the ghetto and the last butterfly he will ever see.
Excerpt from Sky by Hanneke Ippisch, ©1996
Summary: Ippisch describes some of her experiences as a teenager living
in occupied Holland and working for the Dutch Resistance. (Due to the
intense nature of this Related Reading's subject matter, you may wish
to review it before assigning it to students.)
Excerpt from "The White Rose: Sophie Scholl" by Erika Mumford
(from Mosaic: Sophie Scholl 1921-43)
Summary: This poetry excerpt is based on the life of a young German
Resistance worker. In this excerpt, Sophie describes the terror she
feels upon dropping a briefcase full of papers before a Nazi soldier
on a streetcar.
Excerpt from Raoul Wallenberg by Michael Nicholson and David
Winner, © 1989
Summary: This biographical excerpt describes the heroic actions of Swedish
envoy Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of more than 100,000 Jews
"The Wrong Lunch Line" by Nicholasa Mohr
(from El Bronx Remembered: A Novella and Stories, © 1975)
Summary: Set in America in 1946, this short story tells how two friends
are forbidden to have lunch together in school, because one is Jewish
and the other is not.
"Secret Talk" by Eve Merriam
(from A Word or Two With You, © 1981)
Summary: This poem describes the silent communication between two friends
sharing a quiet day outside.