The Dot Game: In a classroom of twenty to thirty children, give each child a card with a dot on it.
Tell the children that some of them have cards with dots and some have cards with X's. They should not show their cards to
anyone. The children are told that they must get into groups of four people with dots. They lose if one or more members of
the group have an X. The children then begin to doubt their classmates. They think that somebody must have an X. Let this
continue for about ten minutes. Then tell the children that actually everyone has a dot. This activity shows children what
happens when an authority figure tells them something that isn't true. The children see how this affects their behavior even
toward friends. Make parallels to the rise of Nazism.
Pick another companion piece for students to read while reading Marika.
Depending on grade level and interest options might include:
Maus by Art Spiegelman: A graphic novel that tells the story of the narrator,
Artie, and his father Vladek, a Holocaust survivor
Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol: A nonfiction book about racial segregation
in America's schools.
The Things They Say Behind Your Back: Stereotypes
About Jews by William B. Helmreich: Discusses nine American ethnic groups and the stereotypes about them.
Develop a timeline of Marika's life in combination with a timeline of events happening in Hungary.
The remember.org website is a helpful resource.