Please see 'Night' materials to see how the Grade 9 curriculum connects to the real world.
This unit aims to teach the students empathy and consideration for others by encouraging them to reflect on moral dilemmas, relationships, and humanity.
It is guided by my research into teaching the Holocaust, which states that students should know:
  • A a set of protocols for considering, discussing and writing about the book and the holocaust;
  • About the culture and religion of Judaism – going beyond the Holocaust so students do not only associate Judaism with the Holocaust;
  • Key vocabulary: holocaust, bystanders, humanist, perpetrators, dehumanize, morals, ethics, conscience, dehumanize, complictity, defiance, collaborators, resistance, crimes against humanity, atrocities, empathy;
  • That some resisted the holocaust; and reasons for not resisting;
  • An individual stand can make a difference (should try to convey overall an optimistic message, not a pessimistic one)

Essential Questions
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How is the holocaust relevant today?
  • How should we remember past genocides or crimes against humanity? Why should we?
  • What social responsibility do we have to prevent future crimes against humanity?
  • How does Elie Wiesel convey the inhumanity and humanity associated with the Holocaust in the novel Night?
  • How does he show the danger and wrong of ‘doing nothing’?

Click here to see a lesson on what it means to be human:

Click here to see the presentation with which I introduce the book: