Common Core Aligned. Great activity for section 2 of Elie Wiesel's memoir Night. Students will complete close reads of victim farewell notes and compare the notes' purposes and use of language. Upon completion students will write their own descriptive notes to families or friends role playing Elie's experience in the cattle car. Students the "throw their note from the train" into the center of the room and pick random letters to read to the class.
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Included in the lesson:
1. Teacher Instructions
2. Student Close Read Handouts (3 Pages)
3. Victim Letters for close reading (3 letters)
CCSS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.A CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.D
1. How do connotations and diction develop tone and mood?
2. What is the purpose of a text?
ACADEMIC OBJECTIVES (All Students Will Be Able To):
1. Understand the impact of word choice on mood and tone of text
2. Write descriptive letters expressing strong mood or tone
Teacher explains that during deportation letters were found on the side of he train tracks from victims that wrote farewell letters, cries for help, and warnings to families and friends back home
Have students “popcorn” read each letter or paragraph of each letter out loud to the class
Have students work alone or in pairs to complete close reading questions and activities for each letter
Teacher facilitates discussion of student responses to close reading questions
Teacher explains writing exercise
Students write letters
Teacher has students wad up letters and “throw the from the train” meaning throw them into the front of the room.
Have a student come forward and pick any letter and read it to the class
Repeat the process as many times as time permits