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Breaking Stalin's Nose
by Eugene Yelchin
2012 Newbery Honor Book
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award
Hard Cover Novel
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Russia was in transition after the Bolshevik Revolution, led by Lenin and Joseph Stalin. Under their iron hand, Communism was replacing the reign of the murdered Czar. Then, after the death of Lenin, Stalin took charge, and life became even more difficult for ordinary citizens who were led to fear unseen spies and terrorists. They lived with hunger, were arrested without cause, and before the end of Stalin's 25 year rule, between 20 and 40 million were killed. What if you had been a child during that time?

Sasha Zaichik was proud of his father, a member of Stalin's secret police who could unmask disguised enemies that infiltrated the borders of the Soviet Union. Unaware that it was propaganda which provided his security all of his life, Sasha's goal was to someday be a member of the Young Pioneers and serve his beloved leader, Stalin. He had learned all of the laws of the Young Pioneers. He knew their salute. He was honored as a ideal student. Tomorrow, that dream would come true. He would become a Young Pioneer.

Instead, his world turned upside down.

Told over a period of only 2 days of Sasha's life, his story reveals what it must have been like for youngsters and families during Stalin's reign. As the story's contrasting Communism with capitalism, readers are inspired to learn more about their own government's Constitutional Republic that protects citizens from such tyranny and encourages ownership of property.

Author Eugene Yelchin writes with the authority, experience, and emotion of one who lived in Stalin's Russia. His Author's Notes clarify more detailed history. Breaking Stalin's Nose will transport your students into history and stimulate their patriotism, making them thankful to be strong, talented, and secure Americans! Its illustrations help to make it more accessible to younger students. The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts, interactive multiple choice evaluation, and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game. Teachers who want students to enjoy the very best of historical fiction that pulls the reader into history through a compelling story will make this book part of their classroom libraries. The 50-page Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-like interactive game for Breaking Stalin's Nose provides multiple layers of activities, group projects, skill building, and research into historical documents that provide the foundation of our own government.

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Research Links for
Breaking Stalin's Nose

Author Eugene Yelchin

Author Webpage: Includes a Book Trailer
Life in the USSR Under Stalin
Joseph Stalin
The Differences Between Communism and Capitalism


The Capitalism Song (Karoke from Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen)

Bright Future (Stalin's Song)

Quotes to memorize:
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance,and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
Winston Churchill

"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." Samuel Adams


Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics:
A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

Kids Wings Economics Capitalism Song in a Round

Differences in Government Economic Systems

The Declaration of Independence (simplified)
The Bill of Rights (simplified)

Charters of Freedom:
(Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Amendments, Bill of Rights)

How did the Soviet Union turn to communism?

The Bolshevik Revolution

Understanding Communism

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Samuel Adams Quote, 1776

Better Than a Lemonade Stand


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A 40-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Breaking Stalin's Nose is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
The Activity Guide/Lesson Plans Contain:
For the Teacher: Background Building;
Memory Cards for Capitalism and Communism;
The Capitalism Song Sung in a Round;
Pre-reading Discussion Cards;
Anticipation Guide;
15-Second Summaries;
Where in the World, Europe before World War II Map Study;
Europe Today;
2-page Readers’ Theater Introduction;
Dialectical Journal;
Character Studies;
Chapters 1-5, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Ch. 1-2;
Interactive Questions, Chapters 1-2;
Evaluating Comprehension in Chapters 3-5;
Crossword Puzzle;
Chapters 6-10, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapters 6-7;
Visualizing Chapters 7-10:
Chapters 11-13, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapters 11-13;
Evaluation of Sasha's Teacher, Chapter 13;
The Research Song;
Comparing Soviet Law with American Law, Research and Presentation;
Why I don't have to live in fear, a research report;
Chapters 14-17, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Visualizing the Text, Chapters 14-17;
Chapters 18-22, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapters 18-20;
Visualizing and Explaining the Text, Chapters 21-22;
Chapters 23-27, Vocabulary and Prediction Questions;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapter 23;
"The Nose"
Discussion and Writing, Chapters 24-26
The Principal of the Thing: Everyone Is Defined by Fear Logic Puzzle;
Discussion and Writing, Chapters 27-28;
Evaluating Comprehension, Chapters 29 and 30;
A Tense Situation;
Exploring Historical Fiction;
Writing Prompts;
Answer Pages;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game;


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