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A New Coat for Anna is the story of a young girl and her mother, living in the aftermath of World War II. The war is over, but the stores are still empty, there is very little food, and no one has any money. Anna has outgrown the winter coat she has worn for years, so her mother comes up with a plan to get her a new one. With patience, hard work, and sacrifice, Anna and her mother, over the course of a year, are able to finally get Anna a new coat.
Author Harriet Ziefert based A New Coat for Anna on the true story of Ingeborg Schraft Hoffman, M.D., whose mother, Hanna Schraft, began with a few belongings and ended by providing her daughter with a beautiful, new coat.
Through Harriet Ziefert’s inspiring story of post-war Europe, students will learn:
Historical Background: WWII and its aftermath.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Dictionary work, character, paraphrase.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Vanity vs. pride, God’s provision, patience, character qualities.
Activities and Writing Assignments: maps, WWII, movie, field trip, timeline, Mystery Word activity page, cooking, writing, crafts, wordsearch.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!
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