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Subject: English

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will consider Dr. Fisch’s challenge to live lives of value and worth.


  • Students will read Dr. Fisch’s challenging conclusion in Light From the Yellow Star.
  • Students will write about ways they are working toward that goal.

Key words

Conclude, humanitarian, compassionate, brutality, principles, inventory, suppressor, inhumane

Lesson Plan

Read page 36 of Light From the Yellow Star. Dr. Fisch says, "When we reach the end of our days and make an inventory of our action, we should conclude: ‘I did the right thing—for myself and for others. My time was spent well and my life has been valuable and worthwhile.’"

Write about a choice you have made that will allow you to say that.

  • Describe the situation, who was involved?
  • What were your choices?
  • What made you make the choice you did?
  • What happened after you made your choice?



Hand your piece in or (if you are comfortable) read it to the class. Listen as others read about those they have their choices.

Discussion Questions

  • What do you think makes a life valuable and worthwhile?
  • Why is it often so hard to make good choices?
  • Which do you think is more powerful, words or actions? Explain your answer.

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