The Hunger Teacher’s Guide

hungerThe Hunger
by Marsha Skrypuch

Boardwalk Books 1999
isbn 1-895681-16-2

Pre-Reading Activities

Look at the cover. What do you think the story will be about? Think of the title and then read the blurb on the back of the book. What do you think “the hunger” refers to? Have you ever experienced a hunger? What were the circumstances? Is a hunger always about food? What other things can it be about?
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Silver Threads Teacher’s Guide

With tears in their eyes, Anna and Ivan travelled across the ocean to Canada.
With tears in their eyes, Anna and Ivan travelled across the ocean to Canada.Silver Threads

Silver Threads

by Marsha Skrypuch
art by Michael Martchenko

Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2004
isbn 1550419013 (hardcover)
isbn: 155041903X (paperback)

Anna and Ivan escape hardship in Ukraine to build a home on the Canadian frontier. But when war breaks out in Europe, Ivan is imprisoned as an enemy of their new country. Now Anna is left alone to complete the homestead while she waits patiently for the miracle that will bring her husband back to her.
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Parish Internees

St. Michael’s Parish during WWI

Marsha Skrypuch

Within weeks of Canada entering World War I against Germany and Austria-Hungary on August 6, 1914, our federal government brought into force the War Measures Act, tightening the grip on immigrants from enemy countries. Federal officials were given sweeping powers to decide whom to arrest, deport or incarcerate, and whose property they would expropriate and sell. Continue reading “Parish Internees”

Aram’s Choice teacher’s guide

arams-choiceAram’s Choice

written by Marsha Skrypuch 
illustrated Muriel Wood

Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006
New Beginnings Series

isbn: 1550419013 (hardcover) 
isbn: 155041903X (paperback).

Pre-Reading Activities

Look at the cover. What do you think the story will be about? Think of the title and then read the blurb on the back of the book. What do you think “choice” refers to? Have you ever had to make a choice? What were the circumstances? Is choice always about good and bad? What other things can it be about? 
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