Lesson 1 (from “Hanna: Sarajevo, Spring 1996” – “An Insect’s Wing: Sarajevo, 1940”)
People of the Book is a historical novel by Geraldine Brooks. The novel focuses on protagonist Hanna Heath, a book conservator and restorer, as she works on the Sarajevo Haggadah, an ancient Jewish text. The book’s history is revealed through several clues investigated by Hanna and her peers. Objectives for this lesson include identifying and analyzing the narrative and language styles of the novel, researching the setting and history of Sarajevo, and discussing the real-life discovery of the Sarajevo Haggadah in 1992.
Research Activity: People of the Book is a historical novel inspired by the real-life discovery of the Sarajevo Haggadah. Conduct research on the history of Sarajevo and the discovery of the Sarajevo Haggadah in 1992. Where had the Sarajevo Haggadah been stored for safekeeping during the war? How old is the manuscript?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.6, 9-10.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.8, 9-10.9, 11-12.8, 11-12.9
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