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Looking for a complete unit on Night that will challenge and inspire your students to make a difference?
By examining the relationship between bullying and genocide, our role in the current refugee crisis, slam poetry about the Rwandan genocide, and other real-life stories of Holocaust survivors, they will be inspired to take their study of Wiesel’s powerful memoir past the pages of the book.
This comprehensive bundle includes: 58 bellringer prompts; 7 different options for creative writing, argument writing, and literary analysis writing; 19 paired texts; 4 supplementary mini units; 5 close reading passages; and 56 questions for close reading and discussion on the individual chapters, and extensive answer keys for all questions. You’ll never have to plan a lesson on Night again.
When you teach Wiesel’s important text with these resources you will:
The first days of the unit start off with a fun and relevant mini unit on six-word memoirs. Your classes with start thinking about how difficult it is to condense a life into a few words—a perfect way to introduce a book that was once whittled down from over 800 pages.
Then, you’ll dive deeper into the big ideas as you move on to an introductory unit that will help your students to understand why it is important to study the Holocaust, how they play a role in bullying and hate crimes, and what we all need to do to prevent something like this from ever happening again.
Once you start working with the text, you will have multiple options for every lesson—by choosing from the freewrite prompts, interactive notebook activities, questions for close reading and discussion, and close reading passages, you will be able to tailor your lessons to your students’ needs and differentiate for every level.
Finally, when you have finished your study of the book, you’ll have three different options for summative writing assignment. I have included scaffolding and rubrics to make this process smoother for the students and for you.
All of the answer keys quote the important passages, so there is no guessing as to which parts of the text are most important. When you discuss the questions with your classes, you can point them to the sections to make sure that they are engaging with the text and working to interpret the sometimes challenging language.
The following resources are included in this bundle, all at a discount when you buy them together:
Six-Word Memoir | Narrative Writing | Fun Activity for ELA (normally priced at $1.97) This standards-based low-key activity will help you get to know your students while sharpening their writing skills. The six-word memoir lesson will get your classes analyzing mentor texts, reflecting on their own lives, utilizing scaffolding to bring their writing to the next level, and experimenting with revision—all while having fun. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking .
Marge Piercy Poem Lesson | Rosh Hashanah | Activities | Close Reading (normally priced at $1.97) This compelling poetry lesson will get your students thinking about how they can spark a change in their own worlds. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking .
Night Elie Wiesel Holocaust Project: Worksheets, Discussion, Informational Texts (normally priced at $3.97) This mini unit will introduce your students to some of the ways that people resisted the oppression of the Nazis during World War II. By reading a poem about resisting oppression, watching a short and inspiring Ted Talk, analyzing Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, and researching different resistance movements of the time, students will begin to understand the different ways that people were able to come together to fight for their beliefs—and their lives. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking .
Close Reading Process Guide | Close Reading Lessons & Tips For Any Text (normally priced at $3.97) This close reading guide for any text will empower your students with the skills to read challenging texts independently. What makes this guide different from all of the other close reading handouts that you’ll find online is that it explains the process in a way that actually makes sense to students. The explanations included here will help you and your classes make sense of the close reading process so that your students will be able to take the lessons learned and apply them to any text. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking .
Close Reading for Any Text: Differentiated Reading Response Journal Prompts (normally priced at $5.97) This guide to reading response reaction journals based on quote analysis and close reading will get your students reading, analyzing, and writing about literature on their own. I have been teaching with reading responses for eleven years, and this guide includes what you need to teach your students to think independently without having to read and grade every single thing they write. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking .
Genocide Literature | Holocaust Activities | "The Shawl" Short Story (normally priced at $2.97) “The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick is sparse, memorable, and beautifully written. While the story itself is very short, your students will be both frustrated and inspired by the challenging text. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking .
Night Elie Wiesel Writing Prompts | Close Reading, 58 Bell Ringers, Memoir (normally priced at $9.97) With everything from reading response handouts to engaging bell ringers, from a literary analysis essay to a creative poetry project, this resource will help your classes to explore Wiesel’s powerful memoir on multiple levels with the variety of writing options. Your students will be writing better, thinking deeper, and learning to enjoy the writing process. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking .
Night Elie Wiesel Pre Reading: Bullying, Holocaust Reading Passages | TED Talk (normally priced at $5.97) These rigorous and engaging lessons will help your students understand why they should learn about the Holocaust and other genocides. The 3-5 day unit covers bullying, hate crime, and genocide by exploring a TED Talk, famous quotes, a poem, an essay by Elie Wiesel, an opinion piece, and a study done on Holocaust knowledge and awareness. The unit ends with an in-class argument essay which will help students to synthesize the texts when they formulate their own ideas based on the evidence. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking .
There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from you. Rather than telling them what the texts mean, you will be empowering them with the confidence and skills to tackle challenging work on their own.