I used this lesson as an introduction to Night because I wanted to start with the person of Elie Wiesel. So many of the Night/Holocaust lessons focus on building background associated with the atrocities and the horror of the concentration camps, but I have always been so impressed by Wiesel himself, I thought this was a good way to start.
My students are freshmen and sophomores; they have some background knowledge about the Holocaust, and will certainly add to it as we read, but what they lack is personal/human connection to this tragedy. Even though I tell them it’s a true story and he really did go through all of this, getting to know Wiesel right up front makes it a lot more real.
I’ve updated this product (November 2017) to include a Google Docs version. This digital version mirrors the original lesson, with the exception of the way the texts are presented. Students will link directly to the texts, respond on their own, and then come together for a collaborative activity. They will then return to their individual Google Doc to synthesize their understanding in one final step.
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To bring this lesson full-circle, consider my post-reading research project using Weisel's life as inspiration:
Humantarian Research: A Post-Reading Assignment for Night