Differentiated Lessons for Teaching “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
Informational texts to accompany Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief
Liesel is a nine-year old girl living in Germany in the midst of the Nazi regime during World War II. Alone and distraught after her brother’s death, Liesel now lives with foster parents, Hans and Rosa. Hans teaches Liesel to read and write during her time with them and Liesel begins to find strength and solace in the written word. As a result she steals books that the Nazis set out to destroy. She shares these stories, and her own, with a Jewish man, hidden within Hans and Rosa’s home. The Book Thief explores coming of age in the time of conflict, community and familial relationships, and risk and gain.
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