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ERIC Number: EJ826125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Authenticating "Number the Stars" Using Nonfiction Resources
Groce, Robin D.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v21 n3 p6-9 Jan-Feb 2009
"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry is a popular historical novel for adolescent readers about the Nazi occupation of Copenhagen, Denmark during World War II and the efforts of Danish resisters who successfully rescued 98% of that nation's Jewish population. While this 1998 book is considered to be a fictional account, most of the events in the story are historically accurate and based on authentic sources, people, and events. As historical fiction becomes increasingly popular regarding the integration of social studies and language arts, it is important for teachers to assume the responsibility of leading students to information that is historically accurate and valid. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how teachers and students can use nonfiction resources to not only validate the texts that they are reading, but also develop critical thought processes and strengthen comprehension. (Contains 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Germany