Social Studies and Children's
Book Title: The Big Lie
Author: Isabella Leitner
Publisher and Date: Scholastic Inc., 1992
Curriculum Developer: Angela
Summary: This is a true story of an
Hungarian Jewish girl and her family during the time of World War II.
The Nazis had invaded Europe and were relocating all of the Jews to
Nazi death and concentration camps. Isabella Leitner, her mother, 3
sisters, and brother were among those placed in these camps. Isabella
relates her experiences of the deaths of her mother, two sisters, and
friends. In her own small way she was able to fight the German Nazis
and "The Big Lie" by simply staying alive for the last year of the
war. "The Big Lie" was devised by Nazi Party Leader, Adolf Hitler. He
was a Jew hater who blamed the Germans high unemployment rate on the
powerless minority of Jews present in Germany. Hitler planned to
ultimately exterminate the entire Jewish population.
Social Studies Relevance: This book
could be used with a unit on the Holocaust or World War II. It could
also be used with a unit on the study of people and their ability to
use past experiences to improve their way of life. It is a book that
covers the strong bonds of family, culture, and how human beings
behave within groups. It would also be useful when teaching about
customs of a group and why members of a group are willing to put
aside their own beliefs to follow the rules of a group.
Grade Level Focus: 5th
Relationship to Social Studies State Core:
- Create individually or in a
group, one or more of the following: newspapers, poetry, letter
writing, diaries, dialogues, or songs.
- Evaluate with other class
members right and wrong actions, according to universal standards,
as being morally acceptable or unacceptable.
- Outline a major historical
event dealing with people, wars, and documents that played a
significant role in United States history.
- Use maps to explain the
geographic setting of historical and current events.
- Explain the limits and scope
of freedom in a democratic society.
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