I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 is a powerful novel that plunges readers into one of the most important moments in world history.
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched a massive invasion of Nazi-occupied France. They stormed the beaches of Normandy in a daring bid to turn the tide of World War II. The battle was brutal. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives in the fight for freedom.
But amidst the chaos, there were stories of courage, sacrifice, and heroism. These stories continue to inspire us today. This book follows the harrowing journey of one young soldier as he fights for his life and struggles to complete his mission against impossible odds.
With heart-pounding action, vivid descriptions, and unforgettable characters, I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 is a gripping tale of bravery and survival that will captivate readers from the very first page.
I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 Teaching Activities
Book Unit Samples
You will find the following in this novel study sample:
- Vocabulary Practice
- Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
- Constructed Response Question for Chapters 1-2
Teaching Idea #1 – Visit the Lauren Tarshis Website
Teaching Idea #2 – Book Trailer from Scholastic
This book trailer makes a great hook activity to build interest before beginning your novel study.
Teaching Idea #3 – Map Skills
Help students understand the geography of the D-Day invasion by studying maps of Europe and the English Channel. Have students identify key locations:
- the landing beaches
This can also be an opportunity to discuss the role of geography in military strategy.
Teaching Idea #4 – Media Analysis
Show students historical footage or images of the D-Day invasion. Have them analyze how the media represented the event. This can also be an opportunity to discuss the importance of accurate reporting and the impact of media on public opinion.
Teaching Idea #5 – The Battle of D-Day Historical Account
This one-page article about the Battle of D-Day is an ideal way for students to compare and contrast an actual event to a fictional account. The article comes with comprehension questions.
Facilitate class discussions about the significance of the D-Day invasion.
What was its impact on history?
This can include conversations about heroism, sacrifice, and the importance of commemorating historical events.
These videos provide simple, easy-to-understand descriptions of D-Day.
Teaching Idea #6 – Topics to Investigate
Victor’s mission was to destroy the Nebelwerfers, a multi-barrel cannon. What types of weapons were used during World War II? How are these different from modern weapons?
Paul’s mouth waters when he remembers the chocolate eclairs, crepes filled with strawberry jam, and madeleines. The French bake incredible pastries. What are some? Pick a favorite and try making it.
The invasion of Normandy covered a 50-mile stretch of beach. Study the map in the novel on pages 54-55. Compare this map to others. Draw a picture map showing troop movement similar to the one in I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944.
The author used Ellie, the carrier pigeon, as a means to move the plot along in the novel. [Pun intended.] Carrier pigeons were used to transport messages during the war. Learn about the successes of this method of transport. Was using carrier pigeons a good method for sending information? Why or why not?
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I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructed response writing, and skill practice including a series of lessons on teaching the main idea and supporting details are all included.