The Devil's Arithmetic: Novel Study

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Many say that you cannot live in the past. Hannah, in The Devil's Arithmetic, feels that all her family talks about during gatherings is previous years. To her horror, something mysteriously transports her to the past, and she must face it herself. Scholars learn about her history along with her as they gain new vocabulary words, describe characters, and answer comprehension questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Preface the novel with discussion about the Holocaust and World War II
  • Interview learners about their own holiday traditions and celebrations
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource is only a preview of the full novel study
  • Discusses Jewish traditions, Passover, and Nazi death camps
Pros

  • Includes word work with syllables
  • Contains a link giving more information about the novel
Cons

  • Missing an answer key