Classroom Projects

Projects from John Hersey High School

Book Reflection


  1. What is the author's purpose?
  2. What was your favorite part of the book?   Pick a specific passage from the book and write down why you liked it?


  1. Was there anything you did not understand?
  2. What questions do you have for the author and what would like to ask her when she speaks to us?


  1. How and why is this book useful today?
  2. Was there anything in the book you related to or a similar experience you have gone through yourself?
  3. Why do you think the author named the book, Is it Night or Day?
Projects from John Hersey High School

More Questions

Answer these questions as you read the book Is it Day or Night? Make sure you answer each question fully in at least 3 sentences.

Chapters 1 & 2:
On page 35 Tiddy expresses, “My family was gone; my childhood over.” In what ways it this a true statement? How had Nazi policies in a sense end Tiddy’s childhood? What was she about to experience?

Chapters 3 & 4:
Life was so horrible in Germany for Jews. Coming to America was a way for them to avoid a life of discrimination, violence, and hatred. If this is the case, why would many of them be so sad to leave?

Chapters 5 & 6:
Tiddy expresses that she had memorized her new address in Chicago because, “It was the only thing anchoring me to a future.” What does she mean? Why was her address in Chicago so important to her? (Other than the fact that she would not be able to find her uncle’s home without it). What emotions do her attachment to the address reflect?

Chapters 7 & 8:
What would you say to the people taking in your child? What do you think the hardest part about living at her aunt and uncle’s was?

Chapters 9 & 10:
What did Tiddy’s parents need to have in order to get out of Germany? Please react to her mother’s letter on pages 134-136. Why do you think Julius treated Edith they way he did?

Chapters 11 & 12:
Explain the importance Hank Greenburg held for the Jewish population. Is Aunt Mildred a rescuer? How did Dorothy’s opinion change?

Chapters 13 & 14:
Should Tiddy have been labeled an “enemy alien?” How did this affect her?

Chapters 15 & 16:
What do you think were the main messages of Mina’s letter? How do the blue and gold star banners affect Tiddy? Is the conclusion of the novel hopeful or not?

How do you feel about helping refugees? Think about Syria. Has your opinion changed after reading this book?

Another School Project

Family Story

As a follow-up activity to reading Is It Night or Day?, we will be writing a family story. Each student is responsible for investigating a story (oral tradition) from the past; it can be a funny story, sad story, serious story, incredible story, etc. that has been passed down from generation to generation. If you cannot think of a story right away, spend some time talking to parents, grandparents, etc. They may be able to help you to think of a story that you can tell your own children someday!


Typed, double spaced, at least one page in length, size 12 font

Grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. 25    
Interesting details, content, evidence of some research into story. Should have a beginning, middle, and end! (In other words, a plot!) 25    
Loudness, expression, fluency as you read it out loud 25    
Total 100    

A Letter to Fern Schumer Chapman

Typed, double-spaced. If not typed, written neatly with parent note.


Requirements Pts. Pts. Comments
First paragraph: Tell Fern your general thoughts/feelings/impressions about the book 15    
Second paragraph: Passage from book which shows something “essential” to book: explain passage thoroughly! Why is it important to you? How did this passage “speak” to you? 15    
Third paragraph: “Free choice” paragraph. You may want to use a “Writing About Reading” opener (see below) 15    
Fourth paragraph- wrap-up, thank her, final thought 15    
Total 100    


Writing About Reading Openers

I was surprised when/angry about/satisfied with/moved by/incredulous at….
I liked the way you…
I noticed how you….
I don’t get why you….
If I were the main character, I would have…
I’d compare your writing to…
This book reminded me of…
The main character…
The character development…
The narrative voice…
The structure of this book…
The climax of the plot…
The resolution of the main character’s problem…
I’d say the theme of this book is…
I think that you wrote the book because….
I wish that…
I didn’t agree with…
I understood…
I couldn’t understand…
Your book changed the way I think because….
I would rate this book a _____ because….