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
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
Pick up with images
Reviewing Wiesle’s bio
HW: Reading Preface, Forward, and through page 22
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
- Writing a response
HW: Reading 40-46 and 3rd Journal Entry
Drop Sharing the journal entries
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?
- 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
Discussing & sharing journal responses from 4th Entry
- What literal and symbolic meanings does “night” have in the book?
- 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.
Reading and presenting black out poems
Read 85-103 and 5th journal entry (p. 66-103)
HW: Finishing the memoir (104-120)
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?
HW: Enjoy the break!
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
Reading an Image review
Overview of Research Assignments
Reading and annotating first and second sources
HW: finish entry for second source
HW: finish reading and entry for 4th source
HW: finish revising sources
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
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
Submitting first source – feedback
Continuing to find and evaluate sources 2 & 3
In-class work day for sources (target is sources 4 & 5)
In-class work day for sources (target is sources 6&7)
Final in-class work day for sources
HW: Research reading portfolio due tomorrow