Gimpel's appearanceThere is little description as to how Gimpel looks. Draw a picture depicting what you think he looks like. After drawing this picture, pair off and discuss why you think of him in this manner.
Elka's point of viewThe story is narrated by Gimpel, and the reader is only given Gimpel's point of view. Choose a small section of the story and rewrite it with Elka as the narrator.
Cultural examplesJudaism is a large part of the story. Have everyone in the class bring in something that is specifically Jewish (a dreidel, The Torah, etc.), and present it to other members of the class. Explain what it is and how the object is used.
Who am I?Write the names of characters from the book on slips of paper and drop them into a hat. Have a student draw a name and, without looking...
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