Night Themes Textual Analysis Activity
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This is an engaging literary analysis activity for use after your students have read Elie Wiesel’s Night
. You will need the following materials: eight large envelopes, markers, chart paper, and sticky notes.
Working in small groups, students will receive a folder with approximately eight to ten quotations from the novel. They will read each of the quotations and then attempt to decide upon a theme that can relate to all of the quotations. After checking with the teacher, students then begin to create a wall poster. On their poster, they will include the most powerful quotation to represent their theme as well as a detailed analysis of the author’s use of language.
Following completion of the wall posters, students will participate in a carousel discussion in which they review other groups’ posters and ideas. This is a hands-on activity that my students thoroughly enjoy! It is also a great form of test prep if you are preparing students for EOC’s and Common Core final exams.
View this short video to learn more about using this product in the classroom: Themes Textual Analysis How-to Video
This lesson plan is classroom-tested and includes the following:
A teacher lesson plan with…
• Common Core objectives
• preparation steps
• a classroom agenda
• assessment strategies
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• student-friendly objectives
• student directions
• activity time limits
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