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 2/5
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

Tuesday 2/6
Pick up with images

Reviewing Wiesle’s bio


HW: Reading Preface, Forward, and through page 22

Wed 2/7
Whole class discussion

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

Journal Entry #1 – Choosing a passage

HW: Reading 23-39 and 2nd journal entry

Thurs 2/8
Discussing the reading
Images from Birkenau

  • Writing a response

HW:  Reading 40-46 and 3rd Journal Entry

Fri 2/9
Drop Sharing the journal entries

Mon 2/12
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?

  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?

Read 47-65 & 4th Journal Entry

Tues 2/13
Discussing & sharing journal responses from 4th Entry

  1. What literal and symbolic meanings does “night” have in the book?
  2. Think of the kapos and the little blonde pipel who is hanged on page 64. Who are the bystanders? Who are the perpetrators? Who are the victims in Night? Do these roles sometimes overlap?

Black out poetry

  • 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

HW:  Finishing black out poem and reading 66-84.  Choose a passage for your 5th Journal entry.

Wed 2/14
Reading and presenting black out poems

Read 85-103 and 5th journal entry (p. 66-103)

HW:  Finishing the memoir (104-120)

Thurs 2/15
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?

The Holocaust was now over 70 years ago.  What connection does it have to our time?

Elie Wiesel interview

HW:  Enjoy the break!

Mon 2/26
Creating and revising the 6th final journal entry for Night

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

Research Assignment Overview

HW:  Reading an image

Tues 2/27
Reading an Image review

Overview of Research Assignments

Mon 3/5
Reading and annotating first and second sources

HW: finish entry for second source

Tues 3/6
3rd source

HW:  finish reading and entry for 4th source

Wed 3/7-3/9
Snow days

HW:  finish revising sources

Mon 3/12
Group discussion on sources and topics

  • What background information did you find out about your topic?
  • What key information should we know about your topic?
  • Reviewing your individual reflections as a group, what else do you want to know about the topic?  What would be the next stage of the research?

HW:  Research Question Generator on classroom

Tues 3/13

Snow day

Wed 3/14
Using your Research Questions, you will start a list of key words to use in your database search

  • Evaluating sources – Does it meet the CRAPS test?
  • Using databases
  • Completing source sheet for each credible, informative source

HW:  finish reading, annotating, and completing source sheet – need a total of 8 sources (in addition to the first source you read in-class found by Ms. Weeks) for your reading portfolio

Thurs 3/15
Submitting first source – feedback

Continuing to find and evaluate sources 2 & 3

Fri 3/16
In-class work day for sources (target is sources 4 & 5)

Mon 3/17
In-class work day for sources (target is sources 6&7)

Tues 3/18
Final in-class work day for sources

HW:  Research reading portfolio due tomorrow