This is one part of a larger lesson on Elie Wiesel. There are some common elements in the two, but my second unit goes beyond the scope of this free unit, so if you like what you see here please have a look at the following:
Elie Wiesel: Hope, Despair and Memory
MOVE AWAY FROM GENERIC QUESTIONS AND INTO TEXT-BASED ASSIGNMENTS WITH THIS UNIT ON CRITICAL THINKING, READING, AND WRITING
This is a self-contained unit on textual analysis; everything you need is here. This unit focuses on a small section of the Nobel Peace Prize Lecture by Elie Wiesel: Hope, Despair and Memory. This work is listed as a text exemplar in the CCSS Appendix B.
Achieve positive results in creating analytical thinkers by nurturing your students’ abilities and giving them the necessary tools to develop critical reasoning skills. This can be achieved through close textual analysis of small sections of texts.
You don’t need to teach entire works, just short excerpts of great speeches, Great Books, etc., to engage students in complex, higher-order thinking and other skills deemed essential in the new CCSS guidelines.
INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT ARE THE FOLLOWING:
➢ A small excerpt from the Nobel Peace Prize Lecture by Elie Wiesel: Hope, Despair and Memory. This excerpt appears in the unit itself but is also included as a separate PDF in the zip file so that you can send it to your students to print if necessary.
➢ Suggestions on how to read the text at different levels.
➢ A breakdown of the excerpt sentence by sentence with writing prompts.
➢ Group questions and individual questions.
➢ Essay questions and discussion topics.
➢ All of the questions included here are text based and require critical thinking, reading, and writing; they address concerns regarding the Common Core ELA/ Literacy: Shift 4: Text-based Answers.
➢ Questions aligned with ELA-Literacy CCSS 8-12 - in particular with the following standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1; 9-10.1; 11-12.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4; 9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
➢ TpT prefers free units to be under 10 pages. Therefore, this unit provides some, but not all, of the information that I usually provide in my Textual Analysis and/or HOTS units. The formatting is slightly different; there are some teacher notes provided here – in my other Textual Analysis units I provide more notes and suggested answers.
If you are interested in engaging your students in higher order thinking (focusing on texts and ideas that raise questions regarding justice, mercy, power, ethics, and hope) please FOLLOW ME to be informed of my upcoming units on Plato's Republic and Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra. I have several posted already. See the following:
What is Textual Analysis? Unit #2
HIGH SCHOOL HOTS #1
If you're interested in this speech you may also like the following:
Great Speeches #1 St. Crispin's Day Speech
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Keywords: Non-fiction; Textual Analysis; political philosophy; History; social studies; ELA; Literature; logic; essay questions; CCSS; study guide; vocabulary; Elie Wiesel
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