If you're going to read Elie Wiesel's Night in your class, this is a great place to start (or to supplement existing curriculum). I did all of these activities with 10th graders, and they were all very rewarding. You'll find several handouts for activities including a personal "This I Believe" essay, a found poetry activity, and a group "search the text" activity with a graphic organizer. There is also a complete project outline of a final scrapbook with a rubric and extra activity options.
I would start the entire unit with some ethical discussions, introducing the autobiography, and reviewing the time period itself. Then, a day or so in, review the scrapbook final assignment, since it has assignments students need to complete as they read each part of the book (the document splits the book into 8 sections by page #).
Some things to note:
-When doing the "This I Believe" essay, start in class with this audio of Elie Wiesel on NPR reading his own essay: http://www.npr.org/2008/04/07/89357808/a-god-who-remembers
-The final scrapbook project outline has something called "Notes from Holocaust History Gallery Walk". It is worth 5 points (out of 150)- you can either remove this, or do it in your classroom. All you need are primary source images/documents/artifacts from this time period to place around the room. It's a great intro activity to this unit, having students walk around the "gallery" and take notes on what they think each thing says about this time period. It is also a great way to start discussion and bring up things students don't actually understand.
This unit is best done in 10th grade AFTER students have had a chance to go over this time period in World History. However, it can also be completed after the 8th grade World History focus on WWII.
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