Per 4 Night & Research


1.  What can we learn from the past to prevent future atrocities?

2. What expectations do we have of humanity and how do we do our part to uphold those expectations?

3. What is the lasting legacy of the Holocaust and other genocides?

4.  What is the role of the individual to prevent future genocides?

What you should be able to do as a result of this unit…

  • Identify multiple sources and media that address your research topic
  • Determine a central idea of non-fiction texts and analyze how the idea develops over the course of the text
  • Develop a thesis with supporting details and analysis


  • Research Assignment

Monday 3/18
QW: What do we do when we have no words to express how we feel?  Describe a time when you tried to process your own thoughts about an experience and words failed. Why weren’t words enough?

  • Write for 4 min


Looking at images and details

Read Elie Wiesel Bio and review vocab

HW: Reading Preface and Forward and sentence or passage from the Preface to write about in your journal

Tuesday 3/19
Pick up with images

Reviewing Wiesel’s bio

Wed 3/20
Image Making for the Preface

HW: Reading to page 22

Thurs 3/21
cont. Image Making and working with language

Fri 3/22

Whole class discussion

  • What passages stood out to you?
  • What language was powerful?
  • Reviewing reading

Journal Entry #1 – Choosing a passage

HW:  Reading pages 23-39 and choosing passages for next journal entry to create during Monday’s class.

Mon 3/25
Reviewing weekend reading

  • What passages did you choose?

Oprah’s interview with Elie Wisel at Auschwitz (11.43)

  • What stands out to you from the interview?

Tues 3/26

Reading 40-page break on p. 56

HW: Journal #3

Wed 3/27

Thurs 3/28

Black out poetry for journal entry #2 from reading p.40-56

  • Choose a page or two pages where you find the language particularly powerful
  • Circle words that are powerful
    • What relationship do you notice between the words?
    • Is there a theme emerging?
  • Your task is to create a poem with the words on the page and blacking out those that are not essential.
  • Think about how you can use the page to visually represent the idea of the poem

Fri 3/29

Finishing black out poem and reading 56-82 .  Choose a passages for your 4th Journal entry.

Mon 4/1

QW:  For Elie, his belief in a higher power has changed, been challenged, and at times he says gone completely based on his experiences during the Holocaust. Describe an experience you have had where a belief you held was changed, challenged, or completely removed.  How did the belief change?  What about the experience caused that change?

4th Journal Entry

HW: Read 86-103 and choose passages for 5th entry

Tues 4/2
Journal entries 4 & 5

Finishing the memoir (104-115) and choosing the passages for entry 6

Wed 4/3

Reflecting on the conclusion of Elie’s experience in Night

Reading his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

  1. As Night begins, Eliezer is so moved by faith that he weeps when he prays. He is also searching for a deeper understanding of the mystical teachings of the Kabbalah. How does Eliezer’s relationship with his faith and with God change as the book progresses?
  2. How does his relationship with his father change from his time in Sighet to their time together at Auschwitz?
  3. What is the significance of the memoir’s final image of Wiesel’s face reflected in the mirror?  Did aspects of him die during his experience? What do you make of his observation that among the men liberated with him, not one sought revenge?
  4. Elie repeats “Never will I forget…” in the text, what do you think it means to “Never forget”?  Is there a responsibility inherent in remembering?  Is remembering enough?
  5. The Holocaust was now over 70 years ago.  What connection does it have to our time?

HW:  Journal Entry 6

Thurs 4/4

Safe Driving Assembly

Fri 4/5
Group discussions addressing the end of Night

Notebook reflection: What are you taking away from your experience of reading Night?  What ideas stick with you?  What questions remain for you?

Elie Wiesel interview

Mon 4/8

Tues 4/9
Reading Independent Books

HW: Post on Classroom

Wed 4/10
Book Talks

Thurs 4/11
Overview of Research Assignment

What makes a good source?

  • Reading for opinion vs. fact based writing

HW:  Tracking the news

Fri 4/12
Group discussion on readings from last night

  • Common topics?
  • Areas of interest?

Watching 1 other news broadcast and reading 1other article.  Adding entries onto google doc on classroom

HW:  Enjoy the break

Mon 4/22
Back on track with the news

  • Anything happen during the break?

Adding 2 news broadcasts and reading 2 other articles.  Adding entries onto google doc on classroom

Tues 4/23
Reading Benchmark Practice

News day and start pulling out topics and trends

  • Are there topics that you would like to research that aren’t being covered in the news?
  • What are the issues facing your community and generation?

Wed 4/24
Sophomore Reading Benchmark

Thurs 4/25 

Friday 4/26
Reviewing topics and trends

Choosing topic and completing the research question generator

Posting research questions and grouping

How to read an image for research

Monday 4/29
Reviewing research questions

Reading sources – images and text using the databases

  • 1 image source
  • 1 text/video source

Tues 4/30
Continuing to read sources – images and text

Additional 2 images and 2 source readings

Wed 5/1
Continuing to read sources – images and text

Additional 2 images and 2 source readings

Thurs 5/2
How to Write an Op-Ed

Finish last sources

  • Total of 6 news sources and 6 images

Fri 5/3
Finish last sources

Outlining the Op-ed

Mon 5/6
MLA Workshop

Outlining and drafting

HW:  either finishing source readings or spending 30-40 minutes on outlining the draft

Tues 5/7

Wed 5/8
Outlining and drafting

Thurs 5/9
Outlining and drafting

Fri 5/10
Ms. Burns video

HW: assembling images

Mon 5/13
Print out draft of op-ed once completed for feedback

Submit Works Cited to library

Tues 5/14
Print out draft of op-ed once completed for feedback

Submit Works Cited to library

Assembling images for the video

Wed 5/15
Revising the draft and assembling images

Thurs 5/16
Revising the draft and assembling images/working on the video

Fri 5/17

Mon 5/20
Revising the draft and assembling images/working on the video

Tues 5/21
Op-ed workshop day

Portfolio Overview

Wed 5/22

Thurs 5/23
Revising pieces for the portfolio

Outlining for the writer’s reflection

HW: finishing portfolio and outline for writer’s refleciton

Fri 5/24
In-class writing of writer’s reflection

Tues 5/28
Workday for op-ed video

  • Finish revised draft
  • Including images and voiceover on video

Wed 5/29
Final workday for op-ed video

Thurs 5/30

Fri 5/31
Op-ed video due

  • Upload final draft with works cited and video with works cited on google classroom


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