This workshop prepares teachers to interweave a literary analysis of Elie Wiesel’s powerful and poignant memoir with an exploration of the relevant historical context underlying Wiesel’s experience. The accompanying study guide explores the central questions: How is our identity shaped and reshaped by the circumstances we encounter? How do tragedy and trauma influence an individual’s identity and choices?
This approach develops students’
- Literacy and historical analysis skills
- Social–emotional competencies, particularly as they relate to perspective taking and social and cultural awareness; and
- Historical understanding
Workshop participants will:
- Learn a range of teaching strategies for helping students process emotionally powerful materials
- Apply Facing History’s unique methodology to the study of Night in order to explore history and literature through themes of identity, we and they, choices, and civic participation
- Experience classroom-ready multimedia tools and resources
- Receive a hard copy of the study guide, Teaching Night, which includes discussion questions, journal prompts, and writing assignments for exploring the text; activities for developing a deeper understanding of the text and historical context; reproducible student handouts and primary sources; and links to related digital assets
Recommended for 8th - 12th grade ELA, History, Social Studies, and Humanities teachers. CTLE hours will be provided upon completion for NY educators and Certificates of Attendance will be provided for New Jersey educators.