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Literature Circles. Language Arts Grade 8. Goals:. Develop the skills that define effective readers Use multiple intelligences to approach literature Gain confidence in themselves as readers and thinkers To provide students autonomy and choice in the reading process. Lit Circle Roles.

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Literature circles

Literature Circles

Language Arts Grade 8


Goals

Goals:

  • Develop the skills that define effective readers

  • Use multiple intelligences to approach literature

  • Gain confidence in themselves as readers and thinkers

  • To provide students autonomy and choice in the reading process


Lit circle roles

Lit Circle Roles

1. Discussion Leader

2. Summarizer

3. Literary Luminary

4. Illustrator

5. Music Director

6. Your Choice!


Discussion leader

Discussion Leader

  • What are Elie Wiesel’s perspectives on religion in the beginning of the novel? How do you know?

    • “Why did I pray? Strange question.Why did I live?” (Wiesel 4).

    • Wants to learn Kabbalah from Moishe the Beadle

    • Speaks of praying frequently

  • Why did the Jewish people continually ignore the warnings they received from Moishe and others about the Nazi brutality?

    • Denial

    • Couldn’t believe it was true

    • The only way for them to go on was to ignore the truth

  • Why did the Jews bind and gag the hallucinating woman on the train?

    • To save themselves from insanity

    • Fear

    • Crime of passion

    • To benefit the whole train


Summarizer

Summarizer

  • Elie Wiesel lived in a town called Sighet (Wiesel 4).

  • Wiesel wanted to study Kabbalah, but his father didn’t think it was a good idea (Wiesel 4).

  • Moishe the Beadle taught Elie Wiesel Kabbalah (Wiesel 5).

    Etc.


Literary luminary

Literary Luminary

“‘Faster! Faster! Move, you lazy good-for-nothings!’ The Hungarian police were screaming. That was when I began to hate them, and my hatred remains our only link today. They were our first oppressors. They were the first faces of hell and death” (Wiesel 19).

In this passage, Elie Wiesel describes his hatred toward the Hungarian police, who were the first authorities to treat the Jews like trash and physically and verbally abuse them. These Hungarian police ripped Wiesel, and many other Jewish people, out of their homes and away from their communities. They stripped Jewish citizens of their freedoms, their possessions, and their dignity. When you strip a person of all these things, you seek to reduce them to nothing. You destroy the very core of their being. This passage is particularly interesting to me, though, because it reminds me of the one thing the Hungarians and Nazis could not take away. They could not take away the Jews’ freedom of thought. Wiesel’s thoughts and opinions have power, and although they couldn’t save him from the concentration camps during World War II, they survived and inform millions of readers today.


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