Night - Chapter 5

May 6, 2015
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Will you: 

Read and annotate the fifth 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 first chapter, using one or two of the five 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 one. 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 5.

Also see: Night - Chapter 1 | Night - Chapters 2 and 3 | Night - Chapter 4

Step One of Six: Read and Annotate While Listening to Chapter 5 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 Five Aloud

Choose an important section of Night - Chapter 5, 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 guides. Then post your literary essay as a discussion on Youth Voices.

1. There are a few instances where we learn of Eliezer and his family missing out on opportunities to escape from the Germans (pp. 9, 14, and 82). How did these missed chances influence your reading of this memoir? And how do these unfortunate events fit into your understanding of the Jewish experience of the Holocaust as a whole? Use either "Tracking the Themes / Seguimiento de los Temas or Questioning and Speculating to begin talking about this theme in Night.

2. Given its haunting, clearly rendered, and universal themes of suffering and survival in the face of absolute evil, Night is a book that is likely to be echoed or suggested in other works you encounter. In other words, it is a classic. Identify several other books that—in your view—echo or expand on Wiesel’s classic. Explain your choices. Use either Book Connections or Media Connections to describe connections to other books, movies, or T.V. shows.

3. Look again at the opening pages of Night. When it begins, twelve-year-old Eliezer lives in the Transylvanian village of Sighet with his parents and sisters. How does being introduced to such people alter your understanding of the fact that, a half century ago, six million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust? How is this sickening truth achieved through Night’s dual purposes of memoir and history? If this is a story of one person’s journey as well as a history of one horrendous part of World War II, how do the plot and the theme of the book overlap? How does the author blend the personal and the universal aspects of Night? In what ways does Wiesel relate not only his own nightmarish memory of the Holocaust but also humanity’s? Use either "Tracking the Themes / Seguimiento de los Temas or Questioning and Speculating to begin talking about this theme 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 5" 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 5."

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 5" discussion posts (literary essays) using the Commenting Guide: Quoting a Source in a Comment.