Common Core Aligned. Great culminating or chapter by chapter progressive activity for the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel. This adaptable activity can be done individually or in groups. Students will perform a close read on the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and The 8 Stages of Genocide By Gregory H. Stanton. Students will then use these documents as the foundation and premises for gathering evidence from the memoir Night to prove to the UN that these "acts of genocide" are a crime under international law and deserve UN intervention and punishment.
Interested in other engaging activities for Night? Over to 50% savings in this bundled pack of 10 common core aligned activities
Night Unit Activities Bundle
Visit the Night custom category at my store for other activities for the Memoir Night
Link-Night Wiesel Activites
Included in the lesson:
1. Teacher Instructions
2. Student Close Read Handouts (9 Pages)
3. Chapter Graphic Organizers for Genocide Evidence
4. Persuasive Prompt
5. Evidence/Quotes from Night to prove 8 stages of Genocide (29 quotes)
CCSS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.9 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2
1. How does the structure of a text help achieve it’s overall purpose
2. What is the relationship between different texts that address the same topic
ACADEMIC OBJECTIVES (All Students Will Be Able To):
1. Explain the structural elements of a text and their relationship to the text’s purpose
2. Analyze the connection between two texts that address the same topic
Suggestions on how to run the activity:
PROCESS #1: Assign the packet as a pre-reading homework activity to Night to introduce the concept of genocide and the context of the crime in the memoir.
PROCESS #2: Place students in groups of 2-4 and use the packet as a classroom activity. Have students share their ideas to the class in a Socratic Discussion.
PROCESS #3: Use packet as a guide reading activity and have students popcorn read each section of the text and then work independently or in pairs to fill in each box. After each section have students share their ideas with the class.
PROCESS #4: Use the packet as a foundation for searching the text for evidence in Elie Wiesel’s memoir that the Holocaust was genocide.
PROCESS #5: Use the packet as a foundation for organizing evidence from the text provided by the teacher into the different categories of genocide
POTENTIAL CULMINATING ACTIVITY/SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT:
Have students use the close read as a foundation for their persuasive essay to the United Nations, compelling them to intervene and stop the Holocaust
PROMPT: For the sake of this writing task, pretend that the Holocaust is happening after the United Nations has made their declaration at the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. You have been receiving letters from your friend Elie Wiesel concerning the horrible crimes committed by the Nazis against the Jews. Use the United Nations document and the 8 Stages of Genocide as the foundation for a persuasive letter to the United Nations to intervene and stop the Nazis “acts of genocide”. Use premises from both documents and evidence from Night to form an argument that the Holocaust is indeed genocide and intervention and punishment is warranted according to the UN Convention.