The Night Crossing

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For use in schools and libraries only. In 1938, having begun to feel the persecution that all Jews are experiencing in their Austrian city, Clara and her family escape over the mountains into Switzerland.
Curriculet Details
7 Questions
9 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring theme and cause/effect, as well as annotations describing how to visualize and ask questions. Students will explore the themes of perseverance and family. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

This story is taking place in Austria, 1938. It is the middle of World War II. You can see from the map below where Germany, the home of Adolf Hitler, is located in relation to Austria.  (This annotation contains an image)
If you do not know much about World War II, this website can give you some information.  (This annotation contains a link)
How does the illustration help you understand Clara and Marta's feelings? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Using the Define feature, determine the meaning of the word peasant. Based on the definition, where would you most likely find a peasant? 

Chapter 2

Good readers use many strategies as they read. Watch this video to learn about some important strategies.  (This annotation contains a video)
The reading strategies mentioned in the earlier video include summarize, ask questions, self monitor, visualize, predict, and make connections. Which strategies have you used so far in this story? Explain how you have used two of the above strategies. 
Quiz for Section 1 

Chapter 3

The family is trying to move at night so that they will not be caught by the Nazis. If caught, they will all be sent to prison. Try to visualize what the family sees as they are sneaking through the night. 
What word below best describes Clara's family? 
Many events in a story follow a cause/effect relationship. Can you determine some cause and effect events in this story? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4

If Papa can not pay the man more money, what will be the effect? 
Marta's bracelet saves the family from being turned in. The link below has a poem about a special bracelet. Think about how it compares to Marta's.  (This annotation contains a link)
Quiz for Section 2 

Chapter 5

What does Clara's idea for the candlesticks tell you about her? 
The theme of a novel is the message the author is trying to give you. This video explains theme.  (This annotation contains a video)


What is an 'Epilogue' as it is used in this novel? 
Gittel and Lotte are dolls, but Clara's mother allows them at the table. She recognizes the important role they played in gaining the family's freedom. Do you think your parents would do the same? 
Quiz for Section 3