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