Night - Chapter 4

May 6, 2015
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Will you: 

Read and annotate the fourth chapter of Night by Elie Wiesel. Listen to and read the words at the same time. Pause frequently to annotate the text. You can also record your reading of this chapter on VoiceThread. Then write your response to the fourth chapter, using one or two of the three questions in this mission. Next, get engaged in a conversation about this part of Night by commenting on another student's discussion post about chapter four. Also, be sure to reply to anybody's comment on your own discussion post. In between all of that, play the Quizlet games to review your comprehension of the text. Finally, do more research on the Holocaust, and add your findings to another comment or reply on another discussion post about Chapter 4.

Also see: Night - Chapter 1 | Night - Chapters 2 and 3 | Night - Chapters 5

Step One of Six: Read and Annotate While Listening to Chapter 4 of Night.

How to annotate on the text embedded below (while listening and pausing):
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    Make notes on words

  • identify keywords and say why they are important
  • guess at, then find definitions for words you don't know
  • point to words that this author uses frequently, and explain why s/he does this

    Make notes on a paragraph or more—up to a whole page

  • a section you think is particularly memorable, and explain why
  • dialogue that shows something significant about the characters
  • something that confuses you. Say what you do understand, then explain what's still not clear.

    Make notes on the writer's craft

  • choose a specific example, and identify the literary technique used.
  • select a sentence or two, and explain how these capture the main themes of this text.
  • point out a sentence that stands out to you—for whatever reason—and explain why.

Step Two of Six: Read an Important Passage from Chapter Four Aloud

Choose an important section of Night - Chapter 4, and read it aloud. Record yourself reading these pages on this VoiceThread. (You will need to log in. You can register if you don't have an account, or ask your teacher.) You should practice first. Also listen to the other recordings on each page.

Step Three of Six: Use Literature Guides to answer one or two of these questions from the "Hill and Wang Teacher's Guide"

Use a Google Doc to compose, share and get comments from peers, revise, proofread, and edit an essay that follows one of the suggested guide. Then post your literary essay as a discussion on Youth Voices.

1. On p. 65, Eliezer witnesses one of the several public hangings he sees in Buna. “For God’s sake, where is God?” asks a prisoner who also sees the hanging. “Where He is?” answers Eliezer, though talking only to himself. “This is where—hanging here from this gallows . . .” What does he mean by this? How could God have been hanged? How have Eliezer’s thoughts and feelings changed since he identified with Job while in Auschwitz (see question 4 in Night - Chapters 2 and 3)? Discuss the relationship that Wiesel has with God throughout Night. Use either "Tracking the Themes / Seguimiento de los Temas or Questioning and Speculating to begin talking about this theme in Night. Or use Character Archetypes to describe the character of Eliezer and why he no longer feels connected to Job.

2. One of the people Eliezer encounters more than once in the narrative is Akiba Drumer (Ch. 3, p. 45 & Ch. 4, p. 51) . Where and when does Eliezer cross paths with this individual? Describe Akiba's personality. What are his outstanding traits? Describe the relationships that Eliezer has with Akiba. How does his death affect Eliezer? What does Akiba mean to him? Use either Tracking the Characters or Character Traits and Relationships.

3. As the story progresses, we witness scenes in which the Jews have been reduced to acting—and even treating their fellow prisoners—like rabid animals. During an air raid over Buna (see p. 59), a starved man risks being shot by crawling out to a cauldron of soup that stands in the middle of the camp, only to thrust his face into the boiling liquid once he has arrived there safely. Where else do we see examples of human beings committing such insane acts? What leads people to such horrific behavior? Is it fair to say that such beastliness in the death camps is inevitable? Do Eliezer and his father fall prey to such tragedies? Use either, World Connections" or Tracking the Themes / Seguimiento de los Temas or Questioning and Speculating to begin answering these questions and making connections to the events in Night.

Step Four of Six: Play games with these flashcards.

Step Five of Six: Have conversations by posting comments and replies.

Comment on other students' "Night - Chapter 4" discussion posts (literary essays) using the Commenting Guides: Agree/Disagree Response or General Discussion Response.

Step Six of Six: Do some research about the Holocaust, making notes. Then post new comments and replies on discussions about "Night Chapter 4."

While reading and looking at the documents from each of the "Stories of the Holocaust," pause frequently and write in Docs about what you are seeing and understanding. Use either Adding a quotation... or Quoting a speech... or Dialectical Notes. Use these notes to add new comments on other students' "Night - Chapter 4" discussion posts (literary essays) using the Commenting Guide: Quoting a Source in a Comment.