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Age 10-12: Concept 2 - Force and Power: Unit 3

In this Newbery Award winning novel, two friends' lives are turned upside down as a result of the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Jewish people all over Europe are facing persecution, and it is only becoming more extreme. Ellen and her family fear for their freedom and their lives. Annemarie's family risks everything by taking Ellen into their home and eventually helping Jewish families as they try to escape being captured by the Nazi army.

In this unit, learn common proofreading symbols that will help you edit and revise your writing assignments. Then pretend you are a journalist writing an expository piece for a magazine article that highlights Denmark’s involvement in World War II.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the social studies unit World Wars I and II.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the sixth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Background on Denmark and World War II
  • Lesson 2: Soldiers on Every Corner
  • Lesson 3: The Button Shop
  • Lesson 4: In Hiding
  • Lesson 5: In the Country
  • Lesson 6: Aunt Birte is Dead
  • Lesson 7: Run!
  • Lesson 8: Little Red Riding Hood
  • Lesson 9: A Magazine Article (3 Days)
  • Final Project: Think-Tac-Toe (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze various media venues. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about expository text. (Language Arts)
  • Apply proofreading rules when editing. (Language Arts)
  • Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions. (Language Arts)
  • Edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling. (Language Arts)
  • Edit final products for grammar, language conventions, and format. (Language Arts)
  • Establish a topic, important ideas, or events in sequence or chronological order. (Language Arts)
  • Explain and evaluate relationships that are problem/solution. (Language Arts)
  • Explain the roles and functions of characters in various plots, including their relationships and conflicts. (Language Arts)
  • Explore the impact of setting on the conflict of the story. (Language Arts)
  • Explore the problem/solution process by studying examples (in literature and other text) that present problems coherently, describing the solution clearly, and sequencing reasons to support the solution. (Language Arts)
  • Follow multi-tasked instructions to complete a task, solve a problem, or perform procedures. (Language Arts)
  • Guide and inform the reader's understanding of key ideas and evidence. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the problems or conflicts of the plot and explain how they are resolved. (Language Arts)
  • Include specific facts, details, and examples in an appropriately organized structure. (Language Arts)
  • Interact with text by drawing on personal, literary, and cultural understandings. (Language Arts)
  • Interact with the text before, during, and after reading, listening, and viewing by making connections with previous experiences, information, and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret text by explaining characterization. (Language Arts)
  • Make connections between works, self, and related topics/information. (Language Arts)
  • Offer a concluding paragraph that summarizes important ideas and details. (Language Arts)
  • Paraphrase major ideas and supporting evidence in formal and informal presentations. (Language Arts)
  • Present findings in a specified format. (Language Arts)
  • Provide details and transitional expressions that link one paragraph to another in a clear line of thought. (Language Arts)
  • Read aloud narrative and expository text fluently and accurately and with appropriate pacing, intonation, and expression. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and use punctuation marks including commas in compound sentences; use proper punctuation and spacing for quotations. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize underlying messages in order to identify theme/s within and across works. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to literary or expository texts and provide evidence from the text to demonstrate understanding. (Language Arts)
  • Revise drafts to clarify meaning and enhance style. (Language Arts)
  • Select key vocabulary critical to the text and apply appropriate meanings as necessary for comprehension. (Language Arts)
  • Use a variety of sentence transitions to link paragraphs. (Language Arts)
  • Use elements of the writing process to compose text. (Language Arts)
  • Write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Write responses to literary or expository texts and provide evidence from the text to demonstrate understanding. (Language Arts)
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