S: I was There Hans Peter Richter Jack, Eric, Mitchell, Drew
FC: I Was There Hans Peter Richter Jack, Eric, Mitchell, Drew
1: Summary of Novel In the novel, I Was There, by Hans Peter Richter, the main character, Hans, is going through life with Adolf Hitler being elected in Germany. Hans and his friend Gunther, are trying just to get through the Adolf period. Gunther's father was against Hitler, and was voting when he decided to tell everyone what was on his mind. He then was escorted outside. Later Hans and Gunther join the Hitler youth. In the end, there is a tragic choice that is made by Heintz. #2 Discuss (2) things he/she learn s along the way? #1 #2 PART 3 VIEW OF CULTURAL/ETHNIC GROUP 1.What did you learn from the novel about this cultural or ethnic group during this time period? (2 examples) #1 #2 1.How did your view of this cultural or ethic group change as a result of reading this novel (2 changes)? ( I used to think. Now after. I believe.because ) #1 #2
2: THEME The universal affirmation of man's ability to accomplish great feats by using a great deal of brain power and a tremendous amount of effort even in the face of great adversity. In the novel---, by---- main character ... The them we chose was war.
3: Give 3 examples from the novel (note page numbers) that support the theme and tell what the example shows. Example 1 (pg # 149) "There. A whistling sound! We made ourselves small. There was a hit somewhere close to us." This is when they got attacked by bombers and Otto died because of all of the heavy piece of concrete, bricks, and rocks.
4: THEME Example 2 (pg 177) "we stared through the firing port into the gray with nothing in front of us." This is right before the ending of the book when they are on watch duty to protect the fort and to fight against the enemy, and protect the them and their other solders.
5: Example 3 (pg 171) "A dog jumped toward us, barking." This is when they are going from one base to another one. There was many obstacles and this was one of them. Another one was when he march through a deep puddle and got cold water on his leg and was so cold that he was struggling just to get there. Also this was in the middle of the night.
6: CHARACTERIZATION ADVERSITIES or OBSTACLES The main character Hans faced many adversities during the book. Obstacle # 1 Hans experiences near sadness and death
7: Obstacle # 1 How he/she overcame obstacle? He copes with this and he doesn't get used to it, but he starts to think of death as an everyday normal thing
8: Obstacle # 2 Hans experiences the toughness of being part of the Hitler Youth.
9: How did he/she overcome obstacle? He works hard and does things right, he doesn't make rivalries, and does his hardest work in the Hitler Youth.
10: Lessons Hans Learned along the way.... # 1 Hans learned to just go with the flow. He learned to be himself and not try to be like anyone else. He learned to be who he was meant to be.
11: # 2 Hans also learned that being yourself is a good thing. No one can ever tell you to be different. People can influence you, but not change who you are.
12: VIEW OF THE HOLOCAUST What did you learn from the novel about the Holocaust? # 1 Some of the German youth joined the Hitler youth #2 The Hitler youth helped out with the war effort #3 Most of the Hitler Youth were being prepared to join the German army in the future #4 Not every German family was pro-Hitler #5 The point of view of the Holocaust was different from a German boys outlook
14: How did your view of people change as a result of reading this novel (2 changes)? Consider these questions as you respond: Why was the Holocaust allowed to go on? Do you think it is possible for something like this to still happen? Why? How can it be prevented? I used to think nothing so bad like this could happen, Now after reading I Was There I believe that these things can happen when other countries don't intervene. The Holocaust also kept on because most Germans were brainwashed and thought that Hitler would steer the country in the right direction . Something like the Holocaust could happen again. History repeats itself and anyone or any country could start something like this. It can be prevented if other countries would get involved at the start. People who are aware of the pain the Holocaust caused would try to stop that from happening again.