Night Vocabulary

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The following is a list of vocabulary with definitions from the first part of Elie Wiesel’s Night. We go through the words and definitions as a class, and I periodically give students vocabulary exercises to make sure they know how the use the words correctly.  One of my favorite vocabulary exercises is to have students [...]

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How to Teach Night by Elie Wiesel

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Night, by Elie Wiesel, can be an excellent teaching text for students from grades 8 – 12, but it is different from other texts and can’t be taught as a novel.  Night is more historical record than it is literature.  There isn’t a “plot” or any “characters.”  There is a story and people, the real [...]

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Elie Wiesel Paragraph

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This paragraph assignment for teaching Night by Elie Wiesel is best used at or near the end of your unit.  It helps if students have been paying close attention to how Elie changes over the course of the story.  Encourage them to delve as deeply as they can into his character.  You are not interested [...]

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Tips for Teaching Night

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Although it is an emotionally difficult book to read, I have always enjoyed teaching Night by Elie Wiesel. Here are a few tips for teaching Night: Teach the Context – You aren’t teaching history, but with a text like Wiesel’s Night you have to provide some historical context for your students.  Begin your Night unit [...]

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Teaching Night

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During my first year as a teacher, a student from my tenth grade English class asked me to recommend a book for her to read in class when she was finished her work – she was faster than most of the other students.  I gave her my copy of Elie Wiesel’s Night.  She read it [...]

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Teaching Theme with Night

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In this lesson, students will identify, discuss, and write about themes in Elie Wiesel’s Night.  Theme is sometimes a difficult concept for students to grasp, but it is essential to their development in literary analysis.  Repeatedly remind your students that the theme of a story is the central message or idea.  It says something about [...]

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Faith in Night

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Elie’s faith in God and his religion plays an important role in his identity, especially at the beginning of his story.  Elie’s horrific experiences prompt him to frequently question and examine his faith.  Today’s activities will require students to examine the part faith plays in Elie Wiesel’s Night and in their own lives. Faith Statements [...]

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