Holocaust Unit

Seale 8th Grade ELA

Building Background Knowledge

The Holocaust was the systematic persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.
Introduction to Holocaust

Research to Build Background Knowledge

Standard 8.23: Students determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research topic and systematically record the information they gather.


World War II

Concentration / Death Camps

Hitler's Life

Hitler's Views

Nazi Party

Judaism / Anti-Semitism

Anne Frank

People of the Holocaust: Oscar Schindler, Joseph Mengele, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Goebbels

Use the following links as your internet sources for this research. Remember to cite your sources! When looking at websites, make sure to find and write down the name of the reviewer or author!

Night by Elie Wiesel

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Reading Assignments

Reading for Night will be done out of class. Find the class reading assignments for each evening here:

  • pages 1-15 by Monday January 11th
  • pages 16- 30 by Tuesday January 12th
  • pages 31-44 by Wednesday January 13th
  • pages 45-62 by Thursday, January 14th
  • pages 63-76 by Friday, January 15th

  • pages 77-98 by Tuesday, January 19th
  • pages 99-109 by Wednesday, January 20th (finish the book)

Assignments for Night

In addition to the reading, each student must create a Dialectical Journal which will be modeled and created on Friday, Jan. 8th.

10 entries must be added to this journal by Friday, January 22nd. This will be a major grade assignment.

Students will also complete Questions of the Day in class to demonstrate that they are keeping up with the reading and understanding it.

Homework for Night

Go to your Pre-AP English Padlet, respond to the question, and post.

Mrs. Seale will have to approve your response before it can be seen so make sure you are fully answering the question and sticking to the topic (no funny business)

Click on the link below to find your class Padlet