Teacher's Lesson Plan for the
2008 edition of
Blue Rose by Gerda Weissmann Klein
A "YOU" ROSE
Lesson plan for The
Gerda Weissmann Klein
Objectives (With slight variations, can be used for all grades):
• Students will embrace Jenny’s unique differences
will embrace their own unique differences
• Students will illustrate their unique selves through
Time and Materials:
• One or two class periods
Various art materials for creating “YOU” roses
Loving The Blue Rose:
After sharing Jenny’s story in The Blue Rose, lead students in a discussion of what makes Jenny such a unique individual. Lead questions can
• “After hearing Jenny’s story, what do you remember about her most?
• “What are some words that describe Jenny?”
“What is her disposition, or attitude, toward people and the world around her?”
“What are some character traits that Jenny has that you admire and want in your own life? Why?
“What are some unique things about Jenny that make her different from others?”
Answers will vary according
to the age group, but students’ responses might include the following:
was born on the 4th of July;
• her birthday is always a national holiday;
she has both brown hair and brown eyes;
• she cried more than most babies;
• she sees things with different eyes;
• she has
an awkward dance;
• Jenny will blossom in her own time.
Identifying With The Blue Rose
• After hearing and discussing Jenny’s unique
qualities, talk to students about how each of us is unique. Have students list at least 5 things about themselves
that they feel make them special.
• Invite students to ask their parents or guardians about what
they were like as little babies too.
• Did they have a special dance as a little child?
• Or did they get called names when they were younger too, like Jenny?
Tell students that, like Jenny, we’re all special and rare roses.
Making The "You" Rose
Remind students that Jenny is like a rare blue rose. They, too, are rare roses.
This art project
allows students to create a unique rose that represents them.
It helps students focus if they can see a model of this
so the teacher can make his or her own rose first.
There are so many different
ways to do this art project:
• Use crayons and paper and have students draw their own rose,
coloring it with their favorite colors. They could be rainbow roses, polka-dot roses or any combination the student
• The teacher could make lots of old magazines available and students could cut out pictures
and their "You" Rose could be a collage of images they feel describe something about themselves.
Students could bring in old photographs (or copies of them) and make the petals of their rose
out of the photographs. The rose could even be 3 dimensional this way.
Writing A Name Poem
add a simple writing activity with this art project, have students write a common name poem that is placed with their art
picture. The teacher could write as a model one with students about Jenny.
J - Joyful
E - Endearing
N - Nice
N - Neat
Y – Young
Written by Jeff Sapp and Kate Esposito
Teacher Education Department
California State University,