I Survived Series
Can you survive the I Survived Series?
Chapter One: Where are we?
First of all, you have to know what Continent you are on to understand our story, I Survived the Nazi Invasion.
Locate: North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Antarctic.
Look at the map at the back of our book, page 95. Study the map. Find Germany and Poland. Compare with the globe or map of the world in the room. Find these two countries again.
Before tomorrow, find out what European countries your teachers' ancestors are from. Say, "What countries in Europe did your relatives come from?"
Note what year the story took place. How can we find out that information?
Read the dedication page. What is a Jewish partisan?
HINT: Note the word "part" is in the word. Note that words that end in -an are usually for people. for example: American, Missourian, Mexican.
While we read, we will figure out what a partisan is. Let's let the text teach us that.
The first chapter of the I Survived Series always starts in the HEIGHT of the action or the CLIMAX of the story. Our senses are awakened to a place and a situation that is very suspenseful.
What are the five senses?
While you read, find word choices that appeal to the five senses and organize on a padlet.
Try this activity HERE.
Activity #7 VOCABULARY REVIEW/BUILDING
Activity #1: As you read listen for Max's POINT OF VIEW about the WAR.
Be ready to cite which page and paragraph that gave you ideas about his thoughts and feelings (point of view) of the War.
Activity #2: Read this chapter again, making a movie in your mind. Be ready to describe a ghetto this time.
Activity #3: Now that you read this chapter twice. Can you find the exact place in the text that Max leaves the "present" and goes back to something he remembers from the past? That's called a "backstory" and it helps the reader understand the characters' current situation. We understand more because of the backstory. Can you find it? Which verbs or phrases helps you know you are going into the "double past"--the past of Max?
Activity #4 HORRIBLE WORD WORK
This chapter had some really horrible words.
Can you explain the difference between them?
brutal hideous terrifying ragged terrible dangerous
Activity #5: WORD WORK
Be sure to practice the Bitsboard game/s on War Words again with "True False." Watch out! They might try to put some bad speling in front of you.
Before we go on to Chapter Three...are you sure you know what the SETTING of our story is?
Find clues in the text and share with a partner.
Regroup and then let's start Chapter 3.
to lull --- to crawl --- to crouch ----- to snag ---to gulp ---to collapse
--- to wheeze ---to jar ---to be stunned -----
to teeter ----- to dodge --- to claw --- to rake -----to gasp ---t
to fuel ------ and more
Chapter 4 QUESTIONS
Which sentence gives a summary of how the people's hatred of the Jews grew? (page 23)
What do we learn from the dialogue in this chapter?
Chapter 5 QUESTIONS
Name the important actions part by part.
CHAPTER 6 WORD WORK
You need to understand these words to get the meaning of what's happening in this book and for many of the I Survived Books.
to plot something
care_____ ______out sling______ some________ ______house rag______
In this chapter, listen for Who is Who.
listen for what the partisan groups do to stop Hitler and his army
watch for a hidden flashback. Can you find it?
Chapter 8 WORD WORK
Focus on page 51 for the adjectives!
thorny enormous giant twisted horror muddy bloodthirsty tangled sure
page 53 Notice how the adjectives are actions turned into adjectives
great desperate secret giant
Chapter 8 SUMMARY work
Your sentences should answer those questions.