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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.
In this story many of the characters have to make difficult without knowing what the outcome will be. What effect does Hans refusal to join The Party later have on him? Why do people choose not to express their real feelings or thoughts? Why does Rudy’s father tell him to stop idolizing Owens? What ideas and groups did Hitler want to cleanse from Germany?
Why does Hans tell Liesel that a person is only as good as their word?
What sacrifices do Rosa and Hans make for others? Despite her abrasive exterior, how does Rosa show affection? How does Hans exhibit his own humanity? How does Liesel emulate her father’s concern for others? What does she do in the bomb shelter to help calm others?