The Wall: Peter Sis

The Wall

Author/Illustrator: Peter Sis
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Year: 2007
Brief Summary: Part picture book, part graphic-novel, with journal entries, maps, and comic-strip style illustrations, this book shows readers what life was like growing up during the Cold War under communist rule.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Social studies: Cold War, Iron Curtain (physical & symbolical), Communist/socialist, Stalin, Prague Spring of 1968, etc.
  • What do you think life would be like in that era?  How would your life be different depending on which side of the “wall” you lived on?
  • What does freedom mean?  What does freedom mean to the narrator?  Write an essay about what it means to be free for you.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-self connections
  • Text-to-world connections
  • Informational texts — inferences, drawing conclusions, making connections
  • Social studies: see above

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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