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Set up your Rifka Book Each student needs 14 sheets of notebook paper staple in the top left corner only Follow the directions on the next couple of slides.

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1 Set up your Rifka Book Each student needs 14 sheets of notebook paper staple in the top left corner only Follow the directions on the next couple of slides 1 st sheet will be the title page 2 nd sheet will be the Table of Contents 3 rd sheet will be numbered page 1 (in the top outside corner) Continue to number pages 2-24 fronts are odd numbers and backs are even numbers

2 Pre-teach Vocabulary Cut apart the words and definitions and match the words to its correct definition. You may need to use a dictionary. Go over as a class to check you answers Glue in alphabetical order to page 23 This page should be titled the Glossary

3 Title page Create a title page for your Rifka book It must include – Title of Book – Author – Picture – Publisher (you) – Date ( )

4 Table of Contents Page Create a Table of contents page List date and location for each letter Table of Contents Title Page Table of Contents September 2, 1919 – Russia September 3, 1919 – Poland October 5, 1919 – Poland

5 For each Letter use a new page in your Rifka book Title each page with the date and place of the letter Copy the poem Write the Salutation line for each letter Draw a line Copy the questions and answer the questions for that letter below the line September 2, 1919 Russia … and from The gloomy land of lonely exile To a new country bade me come…. -Pushkin My Dear Cousin Tovah ___________________ 1.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ 2.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.~~~~~~~~

6 September 2, 1919 Russia 1.What was Rifka supposed to do at the train station? 2.What gift did Tovah give to Rifka? 3.In what does Rifka write her letters to Tovah and why? 4.Where are Rifka and her family going as they leave Russia? 5.Inference: Based on the story, what can you infer about the situation faced by Rifka and her family? 6.Imagine how you would feel, faced with the same situation. How would you react, and explain how it would make you feel. … and from The gloomy land of lonely exile To a new country bade me come… -Pushkin My Dear Cousin Tovah, Page 1

7 September 3, 1919 Poland 1.Why does Rifka think Russia is not as bad for Tovah as it is for her? … And with a sword he clove my breast, Plucked out the heart he made beat higher, And in my stricken bosom pressed Instead a coal of living fire.… -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 2

8 October 5, 1919 Motziv, Poland 1.What illness do Rifka and some of her family members get that keeps them in Poland longer than they intend to stay? Casual gift, oh, gift unutile, Life, why wert thou given me? Why should Fate thus grant us futile Terms of doomed mortality?… -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 3

9 November 3, 1919 Motziv, Poland Create a timeline of the first four letters. Include the date, location and a picture for each letter. A thirst in spirit, through the gloom Of an unpeopled waste I blundered… -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 4

10 November 27, 1919 en route to Warsaw How did Rifkas family get the money to purchase steamship tickets to the United States? … In hope, in torment, we are turning Toward freedom, waiting her command… -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 5

11 November 30, 1919 Warsaw, Poland Why isnt Rifka allowed to purchase passage to the United States with her family? … Goal, there can be none before me, Empty-hearted, idle-willed. Lifes monotony rolls oer me, Tired with longings unfulfilled. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 6

12 December 1, 1919 Warsaw, Poland Since Rifka cant go on to the United States with her family, where is she sent instead? … As conquered by the last cold air, When winter whistles in the wind, Alone upon a branch thats bare A trembling leaf is left behind. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 7

13 February 25, 1920 Antwerp, Belgium What do her parents give Rifka before they leave her in Belgium? … Sleep evades me, theres no light: Darkness wraps the earth with slumber, Only weary tickings number…. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 8

14 March 17, 1920 Antwerp, Belgium Create a timeline for letters 5-9. Include the date, location and a picture for each letter. … With freedoms seed the desert sowing, I walked before the morning star... -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 9

15 July 29, 1920 Antwerp, Belgium What three foods found in the Belgium marketplace does Rifka enjoy the most? … And I shall know some savor of elation Amidst the cares, the woes, and the vexation... -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 10

16 September 14, 1920 Antwerp, Belgium … The sister of misfortune, Hope In the under-darkness dumb Speaks joyful courage to your heart: The day desired will come.... -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 11

17 September 16, 1920 Somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean Why does Rifka believe that those she left in Russia are braver than she? … We numbered many in the ship, Some spread the sails, some pulled, together, The mighty oars; twas placid weather. The rudder in his steady grip, Our helmsman silently was steering The heavy galley through the sea, While I, from doubts and sorrows free, Sang to the crew... -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 12

18 September 21, 1920 Atlantic Ocean Why does Rifka finally cry on the ship? … When suddenly, A storm! And the wide sea was rearing… The helmsman and the crew were lost. No sailor by the storm was tossed Ashore – but I, who had been singing. I chant the songs I loved of yore I dry my robes, all wet and clinging. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 13

19 October 1, 1920 Entering New York Harbor Create a timeline for letters Include the date, location and a picture for each letter. … And thoughts stir bravely in my head, and rhymes Run forth to meet them on light feet, and fingers Reach for the pen... -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 14

20 October 2, 1920 Ellis Island Why are the officials at Ellis Island concerned about Rifkas lack of hair? … Give me your hand. I will return At the beginning of October... -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 15

21 October 7, 1920 Ellis Island Why does Rifka think that her mother will be displeased the she befriends a child, Llya? … My path is bleak – before me stretch my marrows: A tossing sea, foreboding toil and sorrows. And yet I do not wish to die, be sure; I want to live – think, suffer, and endure... -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 16

22 October 9, 1920 Ellis Island What is a greenhorn? Explain and give an example from the letter. … Im lean and shaven, but alive;...And there is hope that I may thrive…. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 17

23 October 11, 1920 Ellis Island Create a timeline for letters Include the date, location and a picture for each letter. ? … They say ill things of the last days of Autumn: But I, friend reader, not a one will hear; Her quiet beauty touches me as surely As does a wistful child, to no one dear…. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 18

24 October 14, 1920 Ellis Island Write a short summary of this letter or draw a picture of the main action in this letter? … Oh, mournful season that delights the eyes, Your farewell beauty captivates my spirit. I love the pomp of Natures fading dyes, The forests, garmented in gold and purple, The rush of noisy wind, and the pale skies Half-hidden by the clouds in darkling billows, And the rare sun-ray and the early frost, And threats of grizzled Winter, heard and lost…. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 19

25 October 21, 1920 Ellis Island Create a timeline for letters Include the date, location and a picture for each letter. … This heart its leave of you has taken; Accept, my distant dear, loves close, As does the wife death leaves forsaken, As does the exiles comrade, shaken And mute, who clasps him once, and goes. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 20

26 October 22, 1920 Ellis Island 1 How does Rifka know that Llya is smart and not a simpleton like the authorities think? 2 Why does Llya want Rifka to read to Mr. Fargate? … The heavy-hanging chains will fall, The walls will crumble at a word; And Freedom greet you in the light, And brothers give you back the sword. -Pushkin Dear Tovah, Page 21

27 Cover for your Rifka book Using a large piece of manila paper, fold it in half and decorate the front cover. Design your own cover with a picture that makes sense for the book. You can not use the same picture that is on the original book. The cover must also have the title "Letters From Rifka", author "Karen Hesse" and "Published by students name"

28 Directions for Rifka Travels map 1. Label each place that Rifka stopped/visited during her adventures RUSSIA BERDICHEV, UKRAINE Motziv, POLAND Warsaw, POLAND Antwerp, BELGIUM ATLANTIC OCEAN New York Harbor Ellis Island AMERICA 2. Color those countries and illustrate the activities that occurred at each location using picture bubbles. 3. Color all other land areas Beige 4. Color water blue Attach your map to the back cover of your Rifka book cover.

29 Inside back cover The story ends as Rifka is allowed to enter the United States. Compose Rifkas next letter. Make it a reflection of her experiences as she adjusts to life in a new country. Try to use Rifkas style of writing.


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