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You have been hired to report on events that happened to the characters in the story. You will create a newsletter to inform readers of the events and tragedies that occurred in the novel Hanas Suitcase by Karen Levine. You will look at events from Europe, Japan and Canada.

You will create a newsletter that reports on several events that take place in the story. You will have a choice of articles to include in your newsletter.

1. 2.

Two news articles An interview with any character from the book

You must pick 4 items from the list of options below. You may also write additional pieces that you feel would add to your newsletter.

1. A movie poster 2. Editorial 3. A graph created from a survey or poll 4. Three obituaries 5. Four classified ads 6. Two advertisements one will be to advertise Nove Mesto 7. Lifestyle section - often containing feature articles (non-news general interest pieces, for example, an article on stamp collecting or visiting New York City), entertainment, travel, fashion information, cooking, useful household hints, advice columns, the comics, puzzles, and reviews of movies and books.

1. interview with a character from the novel An

Develop questions that could be answered by a character in the novel based on your examination and understanding of the character (questions should relate to the novel) Prepare answers to the questions developed based on your understanding of the character and his or her personality. Ask the character to demonstrate how she/he did something or show you where something happened Create open-ended questions using information from the novel. For example..."Tell me about. . . or "What were you thinking when. . ." Refer to the attached sheet for examples of interview questions. Please feel free to add questions at the bottom of the sheet.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: Fill out the following questions for the basis of your interview that you will post into your newsletter. Name of person being interviewed ___________________

1. When and where were you born?

2. What were your father and mothers full names?

3. Do you have any siblings?

4. What are their names and how old are they compared to you?

5. Can you describe your father and your mother to me? What kind of people were they?

6. How do you think your parents were seen by others?

7. Were your parents religious? Why or why not?

8. How would you describe your childhood?

9. What do you think of when you hear the name of Nove Mesto?

10. Describe your town and neighbourhood.

11. When your parents were not working, what kind of things did they do to enjoy themselves?

12. What do you remember about the politics and government when you were a child?

13. When did you fist begin to feel unsafe?

14. What would you most like others outside of your community to know about your experiences?


Create a movie ad for the book Your ad should include: the title of the movie (should stand out and be easy to read) the actors (identify the main actors) A hook (a sentence or phrase to make the movie sound exciting) Images (use an image or images to give an idea of the important things and people in the movie) Release date and rating (let the audience know when the movie will be available in theatres)

1. must write 2 articles on different events. Remember to include items from You the past and what happened in Europe, as well as from the present, and the search

which started in Japan Decide which events you will cover in your news article. Use the attached template to organize the structure of your article. Review the rubric for requirements. Possible ideas for articles are: Hitler gains power Jews restrictions Ski races in Nove Mesto Concentration camps Helping the poor in Nove Mesto Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center Georges life in Toronto Each news article must include: A title The date The who, what where, why, and how of the event Something leading up to the moment A quote from somebody there What might happen in the future

EDITORIALBottom of Form
You are to write an opinion piece using the outline provided. You will need to complete the attached t-chart and the template.

Paragraph one must include a topic sentence, introduce three

reasons for your opinion, and then state your opinion.

Paragraph 2 will explain reason 1 with examples, evidence and

personal experience.
Paragraph 3 will explain reason 2 with examples, evidence and

personal experience
Paragraph 4 will explain reason 3 with examples, evidence and

personal experience.
Paragraph 5 will re-state your opinion, summarize your reasons (one

sentence is fine) and conclude with a general statement. Possible topics include: Your school is considering whether or not to make the Holocaust a required unit of study for all students. You need to write a letter persuading them that the Holocausts is an important subject that all students should learn about.

Write a letter to Karen Levine, the author of Hanas Suitcase, explaining how her book affected you in three ways. You have been given permission to invite George Brady to speak to students at Tommy Douglas. What a letter to the principal to persuade him that this person would be the best choice.

Do you think Hana Brady would be considered a hero? Why or why not?

3 A graph created from a survey or poll

Devise a question regarding some aspect of the book you have read. Create a survey question Conduct the survey Graph the results using The Create A Graph Program Examples:


You will need to write THREE obituaries for different characters in the book. Some people may have already died, others may still be really alive, but you may write an obituary for them. An obituary is found in a newspaper and reports a persons death. It usually includes their date of birth and date of death, how they died, family members, and a description of their life. Listed below are some fun examples.

Garfield 19

A Bloating Victim, Garfield the cat, 19, died yesterday of excessive bloating. "He couldn't control his eating," said his owner Jon Arbuckle. "In the past few months his weight ballooned to over 80 pounds. He'd waddle a couple of steps or so, then collapse from the weight." An autopsy performed today revealed that Garfield's stomach contained a partly digested pizza, half a chocolate doughnut, the remains of a fish, three cookies and several body parts identified as once belonging to Odie the dog. PILLSBURY DOUGHBOY DEAD AT 71

Veteran Pillsbury spokesman Pop N. Fresh died yesterday of a severe yeast infection. He was 71. Fresh was buried in one of the largest funeral ceremonies in recent years. Dozens of celebrities turned out, including Mrs. Butterworth, the California Raisins, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker and the Hostess Twinkies. The graveside was piled high with flours, as long-time friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Fresh as the man whom "never knew how much he was kneaded." Fresh rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with many turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting most of his

dough on half-baked schemes. Still, even as a crusty old man, he was a role model for millions. Fresh is survived by his second wife -- they have two children and one in the oven. The funeral was held at 4:25 for about 20 minutes.

Tweety Bird Finally Caged Tweety Bird, died yesterday at the age of fifteen. Sylvester had finally got a hold of the bird while old Granny was not looking. The beloved birdie will be buried in the Bird Cage on Saturday Morning. Memorials may be sent to: "You Bad Ole Puddy Cat Foundation". If you have any questions please call-- 1-800-BYE-BIRD

Your first advertisement will be to make a travel ad for Nove Mesto. Describe interesting places, location, and other items that may inspire people to visit. It is your choice on a second advertisement. You may invent a twist on a product, a strange product, or a product that doesn't yet exist (such as shampoo for astronauts). List the important features of this product, then think up ways to entice someone to buy it. Use the appeals and graphic details discussed above. You

can either hand-draw your ad, or use software to design a more professionallooking ad. What would be appropriate is to have advertisements that fit the setting of the book, either in Europe or in Japan. Do NOT copy and paste a product like shown below. This will not earn marks.


Classified ads allow people and businesses to advertise items for sale and post job notices. Categories you can write ads for are employment opportunities, homes for sale, services, vehicles for sale, pets and animals for sale, and merchandise for sale. Your ads should somehow relate to the story in Hana's Suitcase. An example from the Saskatoon Star Phoenix is:

Live-in Caregiver required for elderly lady hours vary. Some housekeeping and meals. Reply with resume by email: Antique furniture for sale: assorted tables, lamps, and chairs in beautiful condition. Call 664-7749 and ask for Jim.

P r o c e s s
You have written your two news articles and your one interview. You have selected your four options. You are now ready to publish your newsletter. To create a newsletter, go to MS Publisher. There are many templates to choose from. You will need a 4 page document! You will not get all of your information on a 2 page document. Articles should have headlines as well as appropriate images.

Your newsletter is due on _________________________

Websites for research purposes:

Student Name: ________________________________________

CATEGORY Main Requirements (news articles)

All of the required content was present.

Almost all the required content was present.

At least 75% of the Less than 75% of required content the required was present. content was present.

Layout Headlines & Captions

All articles have headlines that capture the reader's attention and accurately describe the content. All articles have a byline. All graphics have captions that adequately describe

All articles have headlines that accurately describe the content. All articles have a byline. All graphics have captions.

Most articles have headlines that accurately describe the content. All articles have a byline. Most graphics have captions.

Articles are missing bylines OR many articles do not have adequate headlines OR many graphics do not have captions.

the people and action in the graphic.

Spelling and Proofreading

No spelling or No more than a grammar errors couple of spelling or remain after one or grammar errors more people (in remain after one or addition to the more people (in typist) read and addition to the correct the typist) read and newspaper. correct the newspaper. All of the required content was present. Creative and well presented. Almost all the required content was present. Attempt at creativity and presentation is evident.

No more than 3 spelling or grammar errors remain after one or more people (in addition to the typist) read and correct the newspaper.

Several spelling or grammar errors remain in the final copy of the newspaper.

Other Requirements (survey, puzzle, interview, missing person) and extras.

At least 75% of the Missing content and required content little or no effort was present. to be creative. Some creative content is evident.