This lesson is part of a larger unit on World War II and the Holocaust. 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. Our strategy focus is writing responses to short-answer questions. Students will also discuss propaganda, audience, purpose, and point of view.
Today's lesson was developed in response to my students' tendency to rush into reading-responses that requires careful, critical thinking. I noticed that students' responses were frequently off-topic or incomplete as a result of their inattentive analysis of the question itself. If your students are already careful planners, you may wish to adapt today's objective to fit your needs.
In today's lesson, students identify the strategies they must use in their reading in order to respond appropriately to an open-ended question. They also begin reading the shared text for this unit, Night by Elie Wiesel.
In this folder, you will find a detailed lesson plan, editable student notes, and an overhead transparency of an open-ended question.
This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.