Introducing Middle School Literature Study Guide: Snow Treasure!
Introducing Middle School Literature Study Guide: Snow Treasure
Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan, is set in Norway during World War II. Faced with the stealthy Nazi invasion of their country, Peter’s father, the town banker, and his uncle Victor, a sea captain, are desperate to smuggle out nearly nine million dollars worth of gold bullion lest it fall into the hands of the enemy and be used against them. They hatch a plan to have the older schoolchildren carry the gold on their sleds right past the Nazi soldiers!
While my interest in this story was partially based on the fact that both my parents lived in Norway during the Nazi occupation, what child doesn’t’ like to read stories where children perform heroic deeds? Don’t we all have an inner desire to do something heroic – at least once in our lives?
In Snow Treasure, the children overcome their fears in order to serve their country. They persevere even when they are tired from the long journey. They obey the instructions of their elders even when they want to make an exception. Boys and girls work together for a common goal – and they succeed despite the obstacles they face!
This no-busywork, don’t-kill-the-book literature study guide is designed to enhance your middle schooler’s comprehension of the book. It includes a section on recognizing the basic elements of a plot. It also contains suggested supplemental activities to aid a student in understanding the setting of the story – a small town in Norway, north of the Arctic circle.