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Subject: English

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will consider how elements of surprise make a story memorable.


  • Students will read about unexpected moments in Light From the Yellow Star.
  • Students will write about a time when they were surprised by someone.

Key words

SS, vile, comrades, ration, humanity, miraculous

Lesson Plan

Read page 20 of Light From the Yellow Star which describes several unexpected moments. Part of the power of Dr. Fisch’s story comes from these moments of surprise.

Write about a time when someone did something unexpected or when things did not turn out the way your thought they would.

  • What had you expected?
  • What happened instead?
  • How did you react?
  • Why do you remember this moment?



Hand your piece in or (if you are comfortable) read it to the class. Listen as others read about their reaction to surprise.

Discussion Questions

  • Do you think the Austrian woman in Dr. Fisch’s story knew she was going to throw the bag of apples, or did she surprise herself too?
  • What other surprises are in the book?
  • What makes us remember surprises?

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