Abstract 10- Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2007



NCSS Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan: Hana’s Suitcase

Mary E. Haas
West Virginia University


The lesson for the Notable Trade book, Hana’s Suitcase, by Karen Levine, focuses on two stories: the story of a little girl who dies because she was born a Jew and the story surrounding the historical research performed by Fumiko Ishioka to learn Hana’s story. This book contains the true story of Hana’s life before and during the Holocaust, and provides much information on the events that happened both to Hana and to a million and a half other children in that era. The fact that Hana’s brother survived and helped to create this book provides a positive ending to an otherwise sad family tale. Knowledge of the Holocaust, the character traits of families, and the traits of those who do historical research are stressed in the lesson.

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About the Author(s)…

Mary E. Haas is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at West Virginia University. She holds an Ed.D. in Social Studies K-12 from Indiana University. She has published articles in all of the major social studies journals that focus on innovative practices for teaching K-12 students. Contact information: maryhaas1@mac.com.