ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What can literature teach us about humanity and our responsibilities to ourselves, our culture, our society, and our world?
TASK: Establish text context, introduce new vocabulary, examine the publication and translation history, research a related topic
- Students will begin a new notebook section devoted to the study of Night.
- Showed students the book cover (the Bantam Books version with a lone figure surrounded by barbed wire) and predict the subject, tone, purpose, etc. of the text. Write a paragraph about the impact the cover could have on the reader before reading the text.
- Introduce new vocabulary relevant to Night by first examining its context (example: introduce the word within the sentence from Night), hypothesizing a definition, and then recording the actual definition; stress the part of speech and give students versions of the word in different parts of speech (Ex. analyze, analysis, analytical; advocate, advocacy) and require students to write multiple example sentences using variations of the word.
- Use an online dictionary in class to model the correct pronunciation of new and difficult vocabulary or words borrowed from other languages.
- Require students to keep a vocabulary log in their notebook to record both vocabulary discussed in class and to define unfamiliar vocabularydiscovered while reading.
Read chapter 2 and 3 from Night. Be prepared for a quiz on Holocaust quiz and chapter 1.