Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
Read a translated book written by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin to understand why Rifka was so enthralled by his writing.
Rifka on Ellis Island
Do some research on Ellis Island and create a multimedia presentation that shows the steps Rifka would have gone through in her processing at Ellis Island.
Do some research on Judaism, especially in Russia in the early 20th century, to understand the experiences of Rifka and her family.
Dress the Part
Do some research on the clothing styles of the Russian emigrants in 1919, and come to class dressed as one of the characters.
"Letters from Rifka" was the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award in addition to other honors. Do some research on the awards to understand the impact of the book and the author on the world of modern literature.
Dinner with Karen Hesse
Imagine that you...
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