I taught this unit in a 12th grade class that consisted of former ESL students, and other struggling and reluctant learners, as well as a few students who did well in school. Up until this point, this class had never been trusted to read a book at home and be ready to discuss it in class. I let the students choose which book we would read from a short list, and the unit continued to be extremely student-centered.
This unit follows the Danielson framework in that students came up with the questions and topics that fueled our class and group discussions. It ended up being one of my favorite times as a teacher. The students did an amazing job with the unit!
Here is a breakdown of what is included in this bundle:
• 32 lesson plans:
o About 20 while the book is being read, including an optional 2-3 day lesson on a film about the holocaust. Mini lessons include discussions about how to write thoughtful discussion questions, accountable talk, making the most of group discussions, in addition to the content of Night itself.
o The remainder guiding students through the writing process for an argumentative essay with a topic chosen from Night.
• 2 vocabulary quizzes (with answer keys)
• A powerpoint with the vocabulary words for quiz 2 defined.
• A rubric for the argumentative essay
• An essay presentation sign up sheet (students were required to do a short powerpoint presentation outlining their essay.)
• A game to review for the final.
• The final exam which includes vocabulary and content from Night (with answer key)
• A glossary for Night found via the Internet
• A crossword puzzle (with answer key) about Night found via the Internet
The lesson plans use the workshop model: There is a Learning Intention, a do now, mini lesson, and paired or group discussion, followed by a wrap. Each lesson also includes the Common Core Standards for the unit.
Students were graded on their classwork, quizzes, final, essay, and a journal where they were required to write twice a week during the reading.
We used the following edition of the book:
Publisher: Hill and Wang; Revised edition (January 16, 2006)
Want just the 20 lesson plans? Click here: 20 Complete Lesson Plans for Teaching Night