The Book Thief movie guide takes students on an insightful journey through an amazing story, based on the 2005 novel by Markus Zusak. Engage your students as they get an inside look into the life of a German family during WWII. This movie guide encourages deep thinking about the issues behind the Nazi regime and how they systematically stole the humanity away from so many people. There is also plenty of beauty in this movie as students explore the relationships between the brave characters in this film, their character traits and how Liesel develops her literary skill. Discuss with your students the 12 high-level, short answer and essay questions by pausing at the designated times on the movie guide.
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An answer key is not included as many questions are open-ended and encourage students to analyze the film. Many answers will not fit into a ‘box’. Students are encouraged to construct their own meaning from the characters’ dialogue and behavior.
Here are my tips for using The Book Thief movie guide for students in your classroom:
- Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
- Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
- Pause at the times designated on the movie guide and help students if necessary
- Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
- Discourage students from simply copying answers
- If needed, and if time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie for additional analysis
- After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
- On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie