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Unit Title: Literature Skills Review (with Elie Wiesel’s Night)
Grade Level: 10 (Honors)
Strands: Text Study

Unit Overview:
The primary goal of this unit is to review previously taught text analysis skills and to expand on these skills by
emphasizing critical approaches. Week one will involve a review of basic literary terminology and a traditional
look at the elements that make up Elie Wiesel’s Night (e.g., plot, characterization, setting, theme). By comparing
their ideas with other students, students will recognize that it is often easy to reach consensus on these basic
literary traits. Week two will involve an introduction to literary criticism and initial attempts at applying criticism
to Night. Students will recognize that critical approaches are limitless, that small portions of a text can lead to
productive literary criticism, that freshness of thought is valuable, and that any conclusions are highly debatable.

The choice of Elie Wiesel’s Night serves two purposes. During the first week, it provides a text that is fairly easy
to read for English 10 Honors students yet complex enough to make simple literary analysis productive. During
the second week, it provides a text that doesn’t seem to encourage the use of various critical approaches. Students
will be required to force critical approaches upon Night in ways that seem awkward. Night will serve as a good
transition to Modernism and Postmodernism because it seems to defy criticism because its theme is clear while
Postmodern texts defy criticism for philosophical reasons.

The summative evaluation will include three parts: 1. Definitions and/or examples of various literary terminology,
2. Comprehension questions related to Night, and 3. Practice applying a critical approach to Night and supporting
a conclusion with specific evidence


Essential Questions:
Which literary elements or traits are contained in almost every fiction (or fictionalized) text?
Which literary elements or traits might be found in a text?
When we talk about a book’s meaning, which answers will most readers agree upon? Where will they disagree?
Instead of giving a grand answer explaining a book’s meaning, can we view criticism as a dialogue and instead
use our analysis of one small portion of a text to add to the dialogue?
What are the various critical approaches? Are some better than others? More useful? More productive?
Are there different levels or depths of thought? How does this relate to how we read and analyze a text?


Unit Objectives (with Alignment):
CLE Reading I.F. Pre-Reading—Apply pre-reading strategies to aid comprehension
CLE Reading 1.H. Post-Reading—Apply post-reading skills to comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate text
CLE Reading 1.I. Making Connections—Compare, contrast, analyze and evaluate connections
CLE Reading 2.B. Literary Techniques—Identify and explain literary techniques
CLE Reading 2.C. Literary Elements—Use details from text to identify and explain literary elements
CLE Reading 3.B. Literary Techniques—Identify, explain, and analyze literary techniques in nonfiction
CLE Writing 2.B. Ideas and Content—Compose text with complex ideas, fresh thought, and relevant details
CLE Writing 3.A. Forms/Types/Modes of Writing—Compose a variety of texts
                                                                       2009-2010 Revision

Unit Plan and Time Frame:
“Essential Literary Terms”
“Create Your Own SparkNotes or The Traditional In-class Book Report”
“Elie Wiesel’s Night: Vocabulary”
“Essential Thinking Terms”
“Literary Criticism: An Overview of Approaches”
“Applying Literary Criticism”
Test: Literary Terms, Critical Approaches, and Elie Wiesel’s Night

Two weeks in length


Essential Unit Materials and Resources:
Handouts listed in the “Unit Plan and Time Frame”
Night by Elie Wiesel (any translation)


Supplementary Unit Materials and Resources:
PowerPoint: “Auschwitz in Elie Wiesel’s Night”
DVD: Auschwitz Death Camp (with Oprah and Elie Wiesel)
DVD: Life Is Beautiful
DVD: One Survivor Remembers


Formative Assessments:
“Create Your Own SparkNotes or The Traditional In-class Book Report”
 “Applying Literary Criticism”
Optional reading quizzes


Unit Summative Assessment:
Test: Literary Terms, Critical Approaches, and Elie Wiesel’s Night