Language Arts and Technology
Literature Circles Extension
Literary Circles Reflection
Literature circles are a way to give students a chance to get a deeper understanding of a story through artistic forms. By using an extension students can revisit what they have read and continue to ask themselves questions and make even deeper connections. While reading Milkweed, along with my group, we were able to ask each other questions and I really found that helpful. I find that without any direction or a specific focus, I loose track of the story line, so asking each other question while we read was really helpful. I really enjoyed reading this book itís much different than other books about the holocaust. It gives a childís perspective just like in The Diary of Ann Frank but itís from an uneducated very naive childís perspective. Misha is so naive that he doesnít even know that the Naziís (Jackboots) hate him. He sort of believes its one big game, he taunts them, kicks them and even yells at them. As the book progresses we see Misha start to grow up a bit and take Janina under his wing like a big brother, he realizes that the Jackboots are horrible people that kill, he tries to save his new family, the Milgromís, but is unsuccessful. Every aspect of the book helps to mold Misha into the person he became and eventually he meets his daughter and granddaughter and starts to live.
Literary Circles Overview
Literary Extension Project - CD/DVD Cover
For my literary extension project I choose to design a CD/DVD cover. I feel that the Holocaust was a horrible time in the worldís history and it should never be forgotten. In order to here other stories like those told in Milkweed I feel that a CD/DVD combo would be a great way to honor those that went through this horrific ordeal. I designed the entire CD/DVD (front, inside and back) because I thought that just designing the front cover was too easy.
Along with a tribute to those who died the disc contains a complete history of the Holocaust, with letters, stories, pictures and individual accounts of what happened first hand by those who lived it. The first slide is the cover, the second slide is what it looks like when you open up the CD, complete with a chapter review. The next slide is a picture of the CD/DVD, and the final slide is the back cover of the CD/DVD.