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Tues & Thurs             Day 1 & 2
"We are going to be talking, reading, and writing about the importance and impact of the power of language.  We are going to read, view, and hear about how language is a powerful tool no matter how it is used; therefore, we have the responsibility of evaluating its implications."
Writing 1:
Respond to one of the choices below:
Describe how you influenced someone through your words, whether written or spoken. Give specific details and/or examples. 
Tell about a time when you heard or read something that influenced you, either positively or negatively. 
Identify and explain the necessary elements, traits, and characteristics of influential language.

Friday                 Day 3
By examining a variety of artwork, students can determine the impact of the artist's craft on sending a message or creating an emotion. We will examine Dali's The Persistence of Memory and Frida Kahlo's Self Portraits.  Consider the following questions and then write a short response: 
1 How can artists effectively portray their opinions
xxand perspectives?
2 How is this different from using language?
3 How can artists influence others through the use of art?
4 What aspects of the craft can be changed or
xx manipulated to send a message? 
5 Have the artists conveyed a message about their views
xxon responsible world citizenship? 
6 What techniques can influence the way people look at
xxthe world and what is happening to it? 
7 How can artists use their craft to create and maintain
xxthe world they want to live in?
Short Response 1: Briefly give your reactions to the artwork. 

Focus for 4th Quarter:
Big Ideas:

Survivors adapt to cope with unforeseen circumstances and events.
Knowing the atrocities of the past should be a caution for the future.

as per ELA 11 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 59

Week 2

Monday  Day 4
1 Look up a definition of propaganda
xxWhat is propaganda? video  8:23
Xx Principles of Propaganda by Joseph Goebbels
2 Explore some examples of WWII era propaganda.
3 View some modern examples of propaganda:
xxEnvironmental Defense, Train 0:31,
xxEU, Everyone Can Save The Planet 0:41,
xxMTV, HIV 1:02,
xxMTV, Anti-fascism adverts 1:02,
xxAmeriCorp 1:03
xxGlen Beck, Kyoto Treaty 2:54,
xxGreenpeace, Save the Planet 3:34,
xxRepublican Party, Iraq War Support 3:47
xxHitachi America, Coal-Fired Plant 3:52,
Short Response 2: Which tactics did you find most successful--rational argument or entertainment? Longer or shorter?  Those featuring kids or adults?  I expect a response for each video. 
xxThe Power and Danger of Iconography 8:09

Tues-Wed                   Day 5
Today we are going to read and hear two famous speeches. Read and listen for the techniques we discussed yesterday. As you read, listen, and watch, try to determine how the leaders are attempting to influence their audiences. 

First, listen to FDR's "Day of Infamy Speech.  You'll want to read along while listening because the quality is poor.  You may also want to watch this re-enactment from the film
Pearl Harbor

Listen to Hitler's speech to the German Youth (advance to 42:00 for preliminaries, 45:30 for actual speech). Click the following link to find Hitler's speech in English.

Short Response 3: First identify the goal of each speaker: what effect did he intend to produce in his audience? 
Secondly, identify which techniques this speaker used.  Use specifics, even quotes.  What parts were effective?  Was it an emotional appeal or an intellectual appeal or both? 

Focus Questions
What is the DNA of Survival?
What are the critical characteristics of survival in people, business, and nations?
What role does adaptation play in survival?
What qualities do survivors exhibit?
Essential Questions
What patterns and elements promote survival?
What can we learn from the oldest survivors: living things, organizations, nations?
How do I build a context for change in my life?
How do I demonstrate that I am open-minded enough to learn from my experiences and from the experiences of others?
What do I need to know to avoid repeating mistakes of the past?

"Businesses that have managed to last for a century have adapted to big changes in the world around them--from the Great Depression of the 1930s to wars, technological changes, and population shifts."
"The Great Quake" Ilana DeBare

"The beloved objects that we had carried with us from place to place were now left behind in the wagon and, with them, finally, our illusions.
Night, Wiesel (29, 2006)

"Teach students to explore human suffering… Teach the stories… Teach them the art of questioning."
E. Wiesel, 2006 NCTE Address to English Teachers

"While some reviews were critical of the writing style, others praised the slim volume for its ability to take an event that most people had simply read about in the newspapers and put it into the context of individual lives. The human mind had trouble imagining statistics such as the hundreds of thousands of people who were immediately killed by the atomic bomb, but it could understand the effect of the event on the lives of the survivors in John Hersey's writing."
Hiroshima, "Introduction," Cliffsnotes

"So never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed.  If you… will do this…you will change the earth."
William Faulkner
"Address to the Graduating Class" 28 May, 1951

Thurs              Day 10
Chapter One: Sighed, Hungary
Night is a memoir--we will review the genre. 
Read aloud pp. 3-21.
This map of Elie's journey may help keep straight. 
Short Response: What is your reaction to the villagers?  What do you think of the villagers views of things?  What do you think of their treatment of Moishe the Beadle? 
Complete page 13 of Glencoe's Study Guide for

Friday         day 11
Chapter Two: The Train
Read aloud pp. 23-46.

Writing 2: Consider the fate of Mrs. Schächter and the behavior of the Jews in the train car toward her.  Predict how this might foreshadow how the Jews will change as they progress through the story. 

Week 3

Monday             Day 12
Chapter Three: Auschwitz & Birkenau
Chapter Four: Buna
part 1
Read aloud pp. 47-65.
Writing 3: On page 63, Wiesel says, "I remember that on that evening, the soup tasted better than ever . . . ." On page 65, he says, "That night, the soup tasted of corpses." Both of these comments come after Wiesel has witnessed an execution of a fellow prisoner.   Compare the two statements and explain what the message Wiesel is trying to send is. How does he influence the reader through his choice of words?

Tues-            Day 13
Part Five: Buna Part 2, pp. 66-84.
Short Response 5: Why has Elie's relationship with his father changed? In what ways is Elie assuming a leadership role with his father?

Wed              Day 14 a
Part Six: The Forced March Read aloud pp. 85-97

Internment in the USA:
"Japanese Internment Camps During WWII". 
YouTube:blah32123 (2:42)
"Larry Grathwohl on Ayers' plan for American re-education camps and the need to kill millions"
YouTube:50MMike (2:20)
Short Response 6:

Oprah Winfrey's interview of Elie Wiesel Link 2

Symbols in Night

Thur              Day 14 b
Part Seven: The Train
Part Eight: Buchenwald
Part Nine: Liberation, 
pp 98-115
read the handout "Liberators".  What were the reactions of the liberators?  What were the reactions of the prisoners to the liberators?

Elie Wiesel: "The World is Not Learning Anything"
YouTube:thenobelprize.  (1:51). 

Culminating Activity 2008-2009
We have spent several days reading Night, a powerful piece of literature that has influenced millions.  We have also spent time analyzing how leaders use language to inspire and influence. 

Writing 4: Write an essay using one of these choices.

Extra    Day 9
So far, we have written about the impact language can have; we have looked at artwork to determine how craft influences a message; and we have listened to, discussed, and written about speeches that attempt to manipulate the way people think.
Before beginning the memoir, we will review prior knowledge of World War II and the Holocaust. 
We will now work with a partner to read
The Wannsee Protocol.  We will use the National Archive's Document Analysis Sheet and discuss the findings as a class.

Additional Resources for Night

Academy of Achievement

America's Best Leaders

Center for Creative Leadership

Echo Foundation

Elie Wiesel and the Politics of Moral Leadership (PDF)

Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Guidelines (PDF)

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Winning Essays 1990-2006

Elie Wiesel Youth Leadership

Famous Leadership Quotes

Gonzaga University Leadership Coursework: Leadership, Restorative Justice and Forgiveness

I Chose Life (speech by Elie Wiesel)

Language and Power

Language of Leadership, The

Leadership Quotes

Leadership Stories

Leadership Stories

Movies with Leadership Insights

JUST CAUSE Research Study on Motivating Young People to Volunteer

New Language of Leadership, The

Leadership Wikipedia Article

Vocabulary of Leadership, The