The Wave…. Bridging Ideas for Logs or Tests

The Wave –  by Todd Strasser (pen name Morton Rhue)

 As teachers of Literature and higher order thinking, we are always looking for ideas for bridging text and context activities to help our students connect to information outside of the text. This new information should enhance their understanding of the literary piece that they read. Here are two “bridging” ideas that you might find useful when teaching your students The Wave. Remember, Bridging exercises are your opportunity to be creative! You can find a plethora of information and quotations on any subject or person on the Internet. The new information can be an opportunity for a lively class discussion as well as a chance to encourage your students to think about the connection between the world outside of the literary text and the piece itself.


1)      Bridging Text and Context (The Wave) (Wikipedia article

The White Rose was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign, lasting from June 1942 until February 1943 that called for active opposition to Dictator Adolf Hitler’s regime. Below is a copy of the second leaflet that they spread out all over German cities, in telephone books in public phone booths, mailed to professors and students and taken to universities. They believed that they could convince people to fight against the Nazis.

Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way… The German people slumber on in dull, stupid sleep and encourage the fascist criminals. Each wants to be exonerated of guilt, each one continues on his way with the most placid, calm conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!

—2nd leaflet of the White Rose.

How does the above information connect to the novel, The Wave, by Todd Strasser?


2)      Bridging Text and Context (Interview with Todd Strasser

Todd Strasser ( Morton Rhue) believes that most kids today want books with characters they can identify with. “Young people face the same predicaments in every generation. Even if the music changes or what they wear changes, dealing with being popular or questions of morality and decency…..those things don’t really change”.

How does the above information connect to the novel The Wave, By Todd Strasser?

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