October 22, 2019

Featured Source: Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter

letter to Jennie Bernstein from Israel, illustrated by Jossi Stern

Leonard Bernstein was a famous American composer and conductor. Don’t read the words, just study the illustrations. What is the setting? What is the story? If you like, zoom into the image online.

Next, look carefully at the rest of the zoom into the image. What more can you learn solely by analyzing the illustrations?

Now read the letter. Challenge yourself to decipher the writing on the pages, then read the transcript. (Teacher note: the end of the letter contains one word of strong language.) How does the actual letter compare with the story you had in mind from analyzing the illustrations.

What other observations, reflections, or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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