Haven't found the Essay You Want?
For Only $12.90/page

Teaching Suggestions the Book Thief Essay

•Book covers
Students talk about their expectations by looking at the title and the various book covers. Suggestion: one cover per group, then exchange with other groups.

•Prologue activity
Hand out prologue without title, read in class (together or silently), students invent their own title, discuss questions: – Who’s telling the story?
– What do you expect from a book which has Death as a narrator? – What’s with the colours?
– Who is the book thief?
•Titles of chapters
Look at chapter titles of Part One, anticipate content by writing short story using the words from the titles. While-Reading (Portfolio)
•Dictionary of terms
Students keep a vocabulary log. Different ways of recording vocabulary should be treated beforehand. •Character mind map
Create a mind-map about characters, their relationships, add during reading •Bubble sheet
Collect memorable (important, interesting, funny) quotes, e.g.:”At that moment you will be lying there (I rarely find people standing up)”, “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.” •Soundtrack to the book

Students create a soundtrack to the book and comment on their choice of music. •Keyword summaries
Students write a summary of a part by using its chapter titles.

•Wall chart summary
in groups, students create a wall chart about the book in any way they like. (e.g. comics, drawings, crossword, pictograms, etc.). Put a photo of it into

Additional suggestion:
•Parallel reading
Reading books with similar themes parallel to The Book Thief, e.g.: –The Boy in the Striped Pyjama
–The Diary of Anne Frank
– In class:
•Just a minute activity
Students have to talk about the book for a minute without stopping. Possibly give them more concrete topics (e.g. a certain scene, character, symbol). •“Top of the Characters”
Students have to rank their favourite/least favourite characters from the book and should be able to explain their reasons for ranking •Book trailer
Show book trailer (youtube) as an inspiration for their own. •Formal analysis & interpretation for older students

– Concept of a book within a book & potential meanings (The Standover Man, The Word Shaker, The Book Thief) –Discussion about intertextuality & symbolism & irony

– Portfolio:
•Create your own
–book trailer or board game
–book cover or illustration
•Write a letter
Liesl writes a letter to her Mum (as mentioned in the book)
•Pick a Pocket
Students describe the content of a character’s pockets
•Written Dialogue
Students write a dialogue between Liesl and Death when he finally comes to take her away (alone or silent dialogue in pairs)

Essay Topics:

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email. Please, specify your valid email address

We can't stand spam as much as you do No, thanks. I prefer suffering on my own

Courtney from Study Moose

Hi there, would you like to get such a paper? How about receiving a customized one? Check it out