Personal Reader Response
Within each section of reading, you must complete the reader response activity. For each section, you must write a personal reaction to the reading for different parts of the reading. State your personal feelings, thoughts, reactions, questions, etc. about situations, characters, actions, setting, symbols, plot, theme, or any other elements that stood out to you.
You will include the page # and a summary or quote of the scene on the LEFT side and then a 3-5 sentence reaction/reflection regarding that part on the RIGHT side. You must have a minimum of 3 reflections per section. The template for this is found on my website—please print this out and use it…you may type your responses or print the handout and hand-write your responses.
From Text Pg # Your Response…
“awkward as a clown”
I thought it was a really interesting comparison to use to describe someone who is supposed to be a well-respected community member. When you think of clowns, they are awkward and clumsy because that’s what makes them seem funny or entertaining. This stuck out to me because I can imagine this person looking awkward and uncomfortable.
Literature Circle Group Discussions:
Each group will meet for a minimum of 25 minutes during class time to discuss the literature read.
Each section will have only 3 roles! (10 point)
Summarizer (need an overall summary of the section read and include key points)
Investigator (research an aspect of the section read to gain more information… 4-5 key facts)
Symbolizer (choose a symbol, motif or theme that is prominent in the section read and analyze/interpret its meaning to both the section and the work as a whole up to this point)
Group Presentations on Section Read: 25point QUIZ grade Each member of the group must select a reader response to share with the class and then the 3 members that had roles will share their parts. Lastly, the group will present their responses to the study guide questions.
Night - Key Concepts
There is a segment of society that denies that the Holocaust ever occurred. After reading Night, could a reader believe that the events never happened? Why or why not?
Is the title appropriate? Why or why not?
Describe the relationship between Elie and his father.
One of the effects of the camp was the dehumanization of the prisoners. Cite examples of how the prisoners were made to behave in less-than-human ways.
One of the major themes of the novel is Elie’s inability to rationalize what is going on around him. Describe some of his thoughts as he attempts to come to grips with this awful reality.
Why does Elie so often seem to lose faith in his spirituality?
Why do you think Elie Weisel wrote Night? What purposes did he have in mind?
Night: Theme 1: Elie’s struggle to maintain his faith in God. Discussion topics:
Describe Elie’s faith in God in the beginning of the novel.
At what point do you think that Elie’s faith started to waiver?
What incidents can you think of that show that Elie had given up on God?
Using what you know about the ending of the book, or the interview Oprah conducted with Elie, where do you think is faith in God is now?
Night: Theme 2: Silence At one point, Elie says, “Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live.”
1. Explain this quote.
Discuss the silence that they all suffered by not speaking up to help others. (You can mention the silence at Auschwitz that Oprah and Elie experienced.)
3. Give an example(s) of when being silent actually hurt others.
Provided examples of inhumanity towards others that Elie recounts in the novel.
Explain the following statement: Cruelty breeds cruelty. Give examples of how the Jewish prisoners in the novel turn against each other.
Night Motif #1: Tradition
Explain how Judaism is more than just a religion. It’s a culture. What does Elie and his family do other than go to the synagoge? (Example: Fasting, celebrating, etc). Does he hold onto these things once he is in the camps?
What traditions do Elie and his family follow before they are deported?
What traditions does Elie follow once he is in the camps?
Night Symbol #1: Fire
Give examples of how fire is used in the novel.
What larger meaning does fire represent?
What Biblical story has God coming to earth in the form of a fiery bush?
Night Symbol #2: Night
What does Darkness represent?
Give examples of how situations were made worse simply by the fact that they occurred at night.
Why does Elie say that his experience has been one long night?
IN PARAGRAPH FORMyou need to answer 3 of the 6 following questions. You are not limited to one paragraph. You must provide specific examples from the book. If a question has to be answered in terms of how you feel about something I expect MUCH more than "I don’t like it." Four-five sentence responses will not earn full credit. I want DETAILED responses. This is to be typed and must adhere to MLA formatting procedures. This is due before midnight on February 23 on turnitin.com only (no need to print this out).
Dehumanization is the process by which the Nazis gradually reduced the Jews to little more than "things" which were a nuisance to them. Discuss at least three specific examples of events that occurred which dehumanized Eliezer, his father, or his fellow Jews.
After Eliezer’s father was beaten by Idek, a Kapo, Eliezer says, "I had watched the whole scene without moving. I kept quiet. In fact I was thinking of how to get farther away so that I would not be hit myself. What is more, any anger I felt at that moment was directed, not against the Kapo, but against my father. I was angry with him, for not knowing how to avoid Idek’s outbreak. That is what concentration camp life had made of me." Discuss what the last line signifies. Discuss how his attitude had changed.
Discuss why you think the townspeople remained complacent despite the advance of the German army.
Discuss why Eliezer lied to Stein, his relative, about Stein’s family. Discuss whether or not you think he was morally right.
Discuss the significance of "night" in the novel. Cite examples from the story to support your answer.
Explain the author’s meaning when he says after the handing of the youth from Warsaw that "the soup tasted excellent that evening," yet after the pipel was hanged, "the soup tasted of corpses."