The Holocaust: A Literature-Based Thematic Unit



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Sybolism: (n.) use of any object, person, place, or experience that means more than it is.

1. Carefully read this story about a young girl's experience during the Holocaust.
2. As you read, look for symbols in the text.
3. Complete ONE of the options below as Journal Entry #2

Journal Entry Options:
1. Compare and contrast: How are Monique and Sevrine alike? How are they different? What is Monique's life like during the Nazi invasion of France? What is Sevrine's life like? Use a Venn diagram as a prewriting tool, and then write a journal entry answering these questions.

2. Making personal connections to the characters' feelings and emotions: What are the feelings and emotions of Monique, Sevrine, and their mothers during this story? Why do they feel this way? Pick one of the feelings, and write about a time when you felt the same way.

3. Analyze the story's symbolism: Choose at least 3 specific symbols used in the story and explain what they represent, citing evidence from the text. Examples include the butterfly, the necklace, tall boots, the rescue car, the basement, and Pinouff, the cat.

4. Create a Story Chart: Open your journal to a blank spread (2 pages side by side). Divide the 2 pages into 8 sections. In each section, write a title (characters, setting, problems, solutions, story events, climax, questions, and personal response). In each section, analyze that part of the story. You may use bullets instead of paragraphs.


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