three tweens – three historical times –
three remarkable stories of courage
Refugee by Alan Gratz is a book your students will beg to keep reading. Told in alternating chapters, one story builds to a cliffhanger. The chapter ends leaving the reader on edge. The book continues with the next story, and [You guessed it.] builds to a cliffhanger. This repeated pattern continues throughout the novel making it a real page turner.
The three stories contain accurate details about three important events in history – Hitler’s Germany, Castro’s Cuba, and Assad’s Syria.
Waiting for months after a book is published for the paperback is often the norm. The paperback version of Refugee is available through the Scholastic Book Clubs September TAB flyer.
FREE Teaching Idea for Refugee by Alan Gratz
Activity #1 – The Book Trailer
Scholastic makes great book trailers. This short video is no exception. First show the short video. Next, students complete a chart based on the details provided in the video. Students will most likely need to watch the video a second time to catch all the details.
This is a great hook activity to build interest before starting the novel. Completing the chart will also help students remember the main characters, settings, and their biggest conflicts. With three stories, this can be confusing.
Three files are provided in this Google Doc folder. You will find the full color version for students to complete online. A black and white version for printing makes this activity extremely flexible. An answer key is also included.
Try Syrian Escape Route. This SmartBoard activity was published by BBC. It allows students to make choices. —- What route should you take? How do you spend your money? What items do you take? —- The site also includes real stories of survivors.
If you would like to try out the Refugee Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:
Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-3
Constructive Response Question for Chapters 1-3
Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like
Refugee Book Unitcontains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included. Printable and Google Digital versions are available.