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Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity

Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
Night, Elie Wiesel: Pre-Reading Informal Debate Activity
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Elie Wiesel’s haunting memoir, Night, is a story that lends itself to thoughtful class discussion. Hook your students from the start with this engaging pre-reading activity that introduces some of the key themes of Night, while having students taking a stand (literally!) and presenting arguments on the fly on thought-provoking, relevant issues related to the story. My students LOVE this activity and always beg to do it again.

Great for a pre-unit activity and/or post-unit reflection, this resource includes:

Detailed Lesson Plan—with step-by-step instructions
Anticipation Guide/Quick Write—in which students take a stand on a list of thought-provoking statements related to themes of Night and do a quick-write on each
Five Corners Activity Posters—so that students can “vote with their feet” by walking to designated areas to demonstrate their level of agreement with each statement
Written Reflection Worksheet—so that students can reflect upon their learning
Learning Scale and Self-Assessment—so that students clearly understand the learning goal and can monitor their progress

After the activity, students do a written reflection on one of the topics discussed, then assess their own learning based on the provided CCSS-aligned learning scale.

Spark your students’ interest in Wiesel’s Night while honing their speaking and writing skills with this classroom-tested, CCSS-aligned activity your students will LOVE! No prep--just print and go.

Common Core State Standards Covered:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4 (Writing appropriately for task, purpose, audience)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 (Participating in collaborative discussions)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.D (Responding to diverse perspectives)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3 (Evaluating speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4 (Presenting information and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically)

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Keywords, Night, Elie Wiesel, Holocaust, Holocaust literature, memoir, debate, pre-reading activities, four corners activities, five corners activities, Night anticipation guide, presentation skills, speaking and listening activities, Common Core, CCSS
Total Pages
14 pages
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