Type:

Unit

Description:

Our shared text for this unit is Elie Wiesel's Night. Students will also be working in literature circles, however, to read books from this period on their own; they will be responsible for comparing and contrasting the two novels according to a project rubric distributed at the beginning of the unit. Our strategy focus for this unit is crafting responses to short-answer questions. Students will also discuss propaganda, audience, purpose, and point of view.

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8

Keywords:

Holocaust World War II Propoaganda Open Ended Question Short Answer Audience Purpose Point of View

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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Update Standards?

SOC.8.H.6.8.25: Social Studies

Describe causes and consequences of World War II (e.g., fascism, anti-Semitism, Pearl Harbor, atomic bomb, satellite countries)

SOC.8.H.6.8.26.a: Social Studies

Battle of Britain

SOC.8.H.6.8.26.b: Social Studies

Battle of the Bulge

SOC.8.H.6.8.26.c: Social Studies

D-Day

SOC.8.H.6.8.26.d: Social Studies

Midway

SOC.8.H.6.8.26.e: Social Studies

Pearl Harbor

SOC.8.H.6.8.26.f: Social Studies

Stalingrad

SOC.8.H.6.8.27: Social Studies

Identify the functions of post World War II international organizations (e.g., Southeast Asia Treaty Organization [SEATO], North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO], Warsaw Pact, United Nations)

SOC.8.H.6.8.28: Social Studies

Discuss causes and effects of post-World War II conflicts (e.g., Southeast Asia, Middle East, Balkans, Sub-Saharan Africa)

SOC.8.H.6.8.38: Social Studies

Examine causes and consequences of genocide and ethnic cleansing (e.g., Armenia, Holocaust, Kosovo, Rwanda)

LA.6.RC.2.3: English-Language Arts

Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships to other sources and related topics.

LA.6.RC.2.6: English-Language Arts

Determine the adequacy and appropriateness of the evidence for an author's conclusions.

LA.6.RC.2.8: English-Language Arts

Note instances of unsupported inferences, fallacious reasoning, persuasion, and propaganda in text.

LA.6.RL.3.5: English-Language Arts

Identify the speaker and recognize the difference between first- and third-person narration (e.g., autobiography compared with biography).

LA.6.RL.3.6: English-Language Arts

Identify and analyze features of themes conveyed through characters, actions, and images.

LA.7.RC.2.4: English-Language Arts

Identify and trace the development of an author's argument, point of view, or perspective in text.

LA.7.RL.3.2: English-Language Arts

Identify events that advance the plot and determine how each event explains past or present action(s) or foreshadows future action(s).

LA.7.RL.3.4: English-Language Arts

Identify and analyze recurring themes across works (e.g., the value of bravery, loyalty, and friendship; the effects of loneliness).

LA.7.RL.3.5: English-Language Arts

Contrast points of view (e.g., first and third person, limited and omniscient, subjective and objective) in narrative text and explain how they affect the overall theme of the work.

LA.7.RL.3.6: English-Language Arts

Analyze a range of responses to a literary work and determine the extent to which the literary elements in the work shaped those responses.

LA.8.RC.2.3: English-Language Arts

Find similarities and differences between texts in the treatment, scope, or organization of ideas.

LA.8.RL.3.2: English-Language Arts

Evaluate the structural elements of the plot (e.g., subplots, parallel episodes, climax), the plot's development, and the way in which conflicts are (or are not) addressed and resolved.

LA.8.RL.3.3: English-Language Arts

Compare and contrast motivations and reactions of literary characters from different historical eras confronting similar situations or conflicts.

LA.8.RL.3.5: English-Language Arts

Identify and analyze recurring themes (e.g., good versus evil) across traditional and contemporary works.

LA.8.RL.3.7: English-Language Arts

Analyze a work of literature, showing how it reflects the heritage, traditions, attitudes, and beliefs of its author. (Biographical approach)

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.1: Reading and Language Arts

use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies, graphic representations, and knowledge of text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.2: Reading and Language Arts

analyze the author?s purpose (e.g., to persuade, inform, entertain, or explain) and perspective in a variety of texts and understand how they affect meaning;

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.3: Reading and Language Arts

determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level text through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details;

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify cause-and-effect relationships in text;

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.6: Reading and Language Arts

analyze and evaluate similar themes or topics by different authors across a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections;

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.7: Reading and Language Arts

compare and contrast elements in multiple texts; and

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze the elements of plot structure, including exposition, setting, character development, rising/falling action, conflict/resolution, and theme in a variety of fiction;

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify and explain recurring themes across a variety of works (e.g., bravery, friendship, loyalty, good vs. evil);

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.5: Reading and Language Arts

develop an interpretation of a selection and support through sustained use of examples and contextual evidence;

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.9: Reading and Language Arts

explain how ideas, values, and themes of a literary work often reflect the historical period in which it was written; and

LA.6.LA.6.6.3.2: Reading and Language Arts

demonstrate the ability to select and ethically use media appropriate for the purpose, occasion, and audience.

LA.7.LA.7.1.7.1: Reading and Language Arts

use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies, graphic representations, and knowledge of text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;

LA.7.LA.7.1.7.2: Reading and Language Arts

analyze the author?s purpose (e.g., to persuade, inform, entertain, explain) and perspective in a variety of texts and understand how they affect meaning;

LA.7.LA.7.1.7.3: Reading and Language Arts

determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level or higher texts through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details;

LA.7.LA.7.1.7.6: Reading and Language Arts

analyze and evaluate similar themes or topics by different authors across a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections;

LA.7.LA.7.1.7.7: Reading and Language Arts

compare and contrast elements in multiple texts; and

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze elements of characterization, setting, and plot, including rising action, conflict, resolution, theme, and other literary elements as appropriate in a variety of fiction;

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify and analyze recurring themes across a variety of works (e.g., bravery, friendship, loyalty, good vs. evil);

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.5: Reading and Language Arts

develop an interpretation of a selection and support through sustained use of examples and contextual evidence;

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.6: Reading and Language Arts

compare the use of the same theme in two different literary genres, using their structural features as the basis for the comparison (e.g., novel and play, poem and short story);

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.8: Reading and Language Arts

explain how ideas, values, and themes of a literary work often reflect the historical period in which it was written;

LA.7.LA.7.6.3.2: Reading and Language Arts

demonstrate ability to select and ethically use media appropriate for the purpose, occasion, and audience; and

LA.7.LA.7.6.3.3: Reading and Language Arts

distinguish between propaganda and ethical reasoning strategies in print and nonprint media.

LA.8.LA.8.1.7.1: Reading and Language Arts

use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies, graphic representations, and knowledge of text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;

LA.8.LA.8.1.7.2: Reading and Language Arts

analyze the author?s purpose and/or perspective in a variety of texts and understand how they effect meaning;

LA.8.LA.8.1.7.3: Reading and Language Arts

determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level or higher texts through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details;

LA.8.LA.8.1.7.6: Reading and Language Arts

analyze and evaluate similar themes or topics by different authors across a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections;

LA.8.LA.8.1.7.7: Reading and Language Arts

compare and contrast elements in multiple texts (e.g., setting, characters, problems); and

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

identify, analyze, and compare the characteristics of various genres (e.g., poetry, fiction, short story, dramatic literature) as forms chosen by an author to accomplish a purpose;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze elements of characterization, setting, and plot, including rising action, conflict, resolution, theme, and other literary elements as appropriate in a variety of fiction;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify and analyze universal themes and symbols across genres and historical periods, and explain their significance;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.5: Reading and Language Arts

develop an interpretation of a selection and support through sustained use of examples and contextual evidence;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.6: Reading and Language Arts

compare literary texts that express a universal theme, providing textual evidence (e.g., examples, details, quotations) as support for the identified theme;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.8: Reading and Language Arts

explain how ideas, values, and themes of a literary work often reflect the historical period in which it was written;

LA.8.LA.8.6.3.2: Reading and Language Arts

demonstrate the ability to select and ethically use print and nonprint media appropriate for the purpose, occasion, and audience to develop into a formal presentation; and

LA.8.LA.8.6.3.3: Reading and Language Arts

distinguish between propaganda and ethical reasoning strategies in print and nonprint media.
Curriki Rating
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3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-05.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This excellent resource is a comprehensive unit on World War II and the Holocaust. The unit includes a plan, calendar, syllabus, rubrics, glossary, maps and twenty stellar lessons or children. Each lesson is complete and the lessons range from coding the text to differentiating between different types of propaganda to citing evidence in the MLA format in response to questions to analyzing themes. Not only are best practice reading strategies incorporated into each lesson, but each lesson is rich with a direct instruction piece (including sample scripts for the teacher), worksheets, links to the Holocaust encyclopedia, overheads modeling guided practice, parent newsletters, project presentations, and unit assessment. This unit is extremely user friendly and all the materials appear to be provided.
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Andy Hannaford
August 11, 2012

An excellent collection of material, well structured and put together. Many thanks.

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Karen Fasimpaur
June 14, 2010

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