This packet consists of 6 pages: a copy of Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance speech "Hope, Despair, & Memory," an anticipation guide, and an additional 4-page handout for students, which includes the instructions for the entire lesson as well as the questions and activities.
Cooperative learning is a monumental part of this activity. There is a portion where students, in groups, are asked to explore the specific word choices in this speech--specifically connotation vs. denotation. After discussion, students will be asked, in their groups, to answer text-dependent questions.
A short, additional activity is included where students will read and analyze the quote/poem "First They Came," which serves as a supplemental resource for its similar central idea.
There is then a literacy task (with a graphic organizer): read-write-cite. The writing task focuses on the central idea of the speech and the evidence and strategies that are used to support that idea.
This is a great activity to pair with The Book Thief or Night. It allows students to be introduced to the idea of bystanders' complicity during the Holocaust by performing a close read of the short speech and closely analyzing the word choice. It very closely aligns with Common Core Standards.