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Exploring Author's Voice Using Jane Addams Award-Winning Books

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer J. Brooks

Bay City, Michigan


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Houghton Mifflin, 1998)

  • The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy (Peachtree, 2000)

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1. Gather a Selection of Jane Addams Award-Winning Books, including Honor books.

2. Pair students with a partner. Consideration should be given to which students work well together, get along, and will be able to stay on task.

3. Make copies of the H Diagram and Book Notes sheet for each student. Make copies also of the Essay Rubric, Puppet Show Rubric, and Presentation Rubric.

4. Gather a few popular titles from other book awards that can be used during the discussion in Session 1, Step 1. Possible selections include:

5. Students should already have read and examined Number the Stars by Lois Lowry before beginning this lesson. In addition, students will need a basic understanding of the events surrounding the Holocaust.

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