Night by Elie Wiesel Unit Plan

Instructor: Laura McNeice

Laura has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies Education and has been teaching for 7 years in North Carolina.

The 1960 novel,'Night,' by Elie Wiesel is the true story of a father and son's journey through two of the most infamous German concentration camps of World War II. This unit plan can be used to guide students through this unique text.

Night by Elie Wiesel Unit Plan

In his bestselling novel, Night, author Elie Wiesel spins the true story of his experience as a Romanian Jew in two of the most infamous German concentration camps during the period in World War II known as the Holocaust. It is through his gripping first-hand account that he pulls readers of any age in and captures their attention while presenting real, history-based events. Because this novel is a relatively easy read, it would be perfect for an upper middle school or lower high school classroom when studying World Literature or World History.

Pre-Reading Activities

Before students begin to read the novel, use one or two of the Elie Wiesel Night Pre-Reading Activities such as the KWL chart or the Children of the Holocaust activity to establish students prior knowledge about the Holocaust. You could also use the Night Pre-Reading Activities such as predicting quotes or personal connections to get students started in the right mindset before reading the novel.

During Reading Activities

As students read, you should use the Night by Elie Wiesel Lesson Plan to analyze characters, themes, plot lines, and literary devices within the novel. This lesson will be something you should continue to refer to and use throughout the unit.

As students read, incorporate interactive learning into the classroom through the Literature Circle Lesson Plan. This method will help students engage deeply with the text while building strong collaborative learning skills within the classroom. Depending on which grade level you use this unit with, you can use the Literature Circles in Middle School or the Literature Circles in High School for a deeper understanding and specific ways to tailor the practices to your appropriate grade level. Include the Night by Elie Wiesel Discussion Questions for students to use in their literature circles as they read through the novel.

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