A Facing History Approach to Teaching Night

August 9, 2022
A Facing History Approach to Teaching Night
New Jersey

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A Facing History Approach to Teaching Night

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.

Kean University
Holocaust Resource Center
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
August 9, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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