Teachers, librarians, and book club moderators will find questions, projects and activities to help deepen the understanding of issues and provoke thoughtful discussion. The guide will help explore the themes of the novel, including anti-Semitism, faith, tradition, family expectations, self-esteem, self-identity, interfaith families, and respect for all cultures.
Download a PDF of this guide.
The following sites are suggested as possible resources for teachers who would like to supplement and build on lesson plans that also deal with OyMG’s themes.
Lesson Plans and Program Ideas:
Cyberbullying: The internet has become a new outlet for anti-Semitism and it’s becoming a growing problem for teens. Explore the online dangers teens face as well as strategies to handle cyberbullying. Link also includes free lesson plans for classrooms. Click here.
Defining Your Multicultural Self: A complete program to help students map out their own identities. They will reflect on stereotypes, practice good communication, and learn to resolve conflicts. Click here.
Encourage students to express their thoughts in the written word. A number of contests can be found on the internet to challenge students, provide deadlines and motivate them to finish. Examples:
•Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge, sponsored by B’nai B’rith International.
•Writing Contest for Youth, sponsored by the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation.
School Ties (1992) Brendan Fraser’s character, David, is the son of a Jewish laborer. Against stereotype, he excels at football. When he enrolls in an elite prep school to play ball, he encounters the anti-Semitism he had feared. Despite his attempts to hide his ethnicity, a jealous gentile classmate discovers his secret and makes trouble for him, though David prevails in the end.
Jewish Partisans.org offers a number of short films reflecting on Jewish life and anti-Semitism.
Comprehensive resources from The Simon Wiesenthal Center
An extensive collection of resources for teaching tolerance in the classroom
Devoted to supporting teachers with a variety of lesson plans including understanding stereotypes.