Night, Maus and the Holocaust

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Night

“[Anne Frank’s] voice was preserved, out of the millions that were silenced…[She] has outlasted the shouts of the murderers and has soared above the voices of time” – Ernst Schnabel

Essay Writing Prompt: Ernst Schnabel wrote of Anne Frank, “Her voice was preserved, out of the millions that were silenced…[She] has outlasted the shouts of the murderers and has soared above the voices of time” (110). The same could be said of Night author, Elie Wiesel.

For those that experienced the Holocaust, why was it so important for them to tell their stories? How has the Holocaust affected the identity of the Jewish people? In a well-developed essay, discuss the effects of the Holocaust and the importance of the survivors bearing witness by telling their stories.

Cite textual evidence from Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical novel, Night, Art Spiegelman’s memoir, Maus, and at least one other Holocaust text to support of your ideas.

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Farewell to Manzanar

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Manzanar

“Scene of barrack homes at Manzanar,” by Dorothea Lange (Public Domain)

 

Essay Writing Prompt: Farewell to Manzanar is a true memoir that describes one family’s experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp during WWII. What can we as readers learn from this story? In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a theme (lesson, message) that this memoir reveals. Connect this theme to at least two other sources (article, film or poem) with a recurring message. Include textual evidence to back up your ideas.

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  1. Farewell to Manzanar Essay Criteria
  2. Farewell to Manzanar Tree Map or Persuasion Map
  3. MLA Typing Guidelines

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Student Success Essay

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“Old School Classroom” – Mississippi Mike, Flickr

Essential Questions:

  • What is the key to student success?
  • How can we design a school culture for student motivation?
  • According to researchers, what is the best way for students to learn?
  • What are the benefits of students learning on their own?
  • What should be the role of the teacher in the classroom?

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Always Running and “Code of the Streets” Essay

Always Running

Essay Writing Prompt:

Draw connections between Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets” and Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running. How is “The Code” a guide to the Rodriguez’s choices in East Los Angeles? What are the causes/effects and possible solutions for gang-affiliated youth in Los Angeles?

Cite both texts, using specific details in MLA Format. Include textual analysis.

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