Book as a Whole

Discussion questions and activities are loosely based on the Understanding by Design Framework of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. As evidence that it really is a small world, when I was in high school I took a class taught by Grant Wiggins.

Book as a Whole

Enduring Understandings

  • Prejudice interferes with the ability of people to get along with each other and can be used as a means to cause great evil.
  • While it may be risky to help others, the effects of doing so can be life-saving. Some people are willing to help no matter what the risk. Small acts of kindness can go a long way.
  • War has a significant impact on the civilian population.
  • It is imperative that we accept all people – no matter what their race, religion, sexual orientation, where they were born, how much money they have, or their physical or mental abilities.

Essential Questions

  • What happened to Jewish families during WWII?
  • Who took chances to help the Lichtensterns and other Jewish families?
  • Could this type of situation happen again? How could it be prevented?