Upon completion of reading and discussing the book Night, you will be handing in a portfolio based on the book. This portfolio will serve as your project and test for this unit. This means it will count as 2 test grades. I hope you find reading this book and creating the portfolio a worthwhile experience.
The following is an outline of the requirements for the portfolio:
1. You must abide by the due date. Late projects for reasons other than absence will have 20 points deducted for being late. Projects more than a week late will not be accepted.
2. The portfolio must show that time and effort were put into its creation.
3. The portfolio cover must be decorated to represent one of these themes: hope, despair, life, death, freedom, dignity, fear. You may use words, symbols, and/or pictures to represent your chosen theme.
4. The portfolio must consist of the following items. Please use this as a checklist.
______ Poem (50 points) Write an original poem about the Holocaust. You may choose to write it about Elie’s experience in Night or you can write about the Holocaust in general. The poem must be no less than 4 stanzas, 4 lines per stanza.
______ Collage (50 points) You will create a collage that represents what you have learned about the Holocaust. This collage could be (and should be) an assortment of hand-drawn pictures, photographs taken from the Internet, lines from text we have read, quotes, objects, etc. Be creative, but most importantly you need to reflect in your collage what you have learned.
______ Graph/Analysis (50 points) Who is Responsible? Graph and analysis - You will be determining who was responsible for creating the Holocaust and to what extent they are guilty of crimes against humanity.
______ 6 Word Reflection (50 points) While this is the shortest portion of the portfolio, it should be a portion that contains quite a bit of thought. In 6 words, no more - no less, you need to discuss the Holocaust. Choose your words carefully for the most impact.
______ Quotes Project (100 points) A collection of 6 quotes from the book and one “Quote of the Book” (for a minimum total of 7 quotes), in which you discuss the quotes, their relevance to the book, and your reaction to them. This will be the largest portion of your project.
______ Reflective Letter (All or Nothing) This is a required portion of the portfolio. This is a chance for you to “talk” with me about your process for completing the project and thoughts on the novel itself. This reflection should be 2 pages in length.
All of these components allow you to earn up to 300 points.
This portfolio is designed to help you embrace a whole novel study – not only its literary value, but it’s cultural and historical significance and its view of human nature. I am excited to see your reactions to this novel and its effect on your portfolio. Please see me if you have any questions or concerns. Your project will be due _______________________
Who Is Responsible?
Directions: You will be determining who was responsible for creating the Holocaust and to what extent they are guilty of crimes against humanity. Create a circle graph in which you assign the person(s) listed the percentage of responsibility you believe they should bear for the Holocaust. Remember, all percentages must add up to 100%.
Use the colors listed for each section of your graph. After you have made the designations of responsibility for each person(s), you must also provide a written explanation as to why you assigned that amount. (Don’t give me responses such as, "That’s just the way it adds up to 100%.” This will not earn you credit.)
RED: Residents of Auschwitz and other towns near concentration camps who knew about the camps but did nothing to stop them.
BLUE: Minor Nazi soldiers who carried out the mass extermination orders without questioning their superiors.
GREEN: Hitler, the leader of the German nation who hated Jews and wanted them destroyed.
YELLOW: German citizens who voted for Hitler and the Nazi Party to revitalize their morally and economically depressed country.
ORANGE: The Jews who did not try to escape.
PURPLE: Top SS officers who designed and executed the "final solution" for Hitler.
BROWN: Non-Jewish Europeans who turned against their Jewish friends and fellow citizens for fear that they too would be imprisoned as Jewish sympathizers.
WHITE: Leaders of the Allied countries who saw evidence of the Holocaust but refused to get involved or voice opposition to Hitler's plan of extermination.
PINK: Churches of all denominations who remained silent and refused to intervene when confronted with evidence of the Holocaust.
BLACK: Yahweh, the God of the Jewish faith, who seemed absent and silent during this destruction of His chosen people.
(Created by Anne Arvidson and presented at Atlanta NCTE Convention)
While reading your novel, you will collect a minimum of at least six (6) annotated passages/quotes from the novel and "The Quote of the Novel" (so, this is a minimum total of seven  quotes).
Use post-its to note/mark passages as you read. Every time you encounter a particularly important, provocative, dramatic, surprising, even disturbing passage, mark it with a post-it note. Only when you have completed the novel will you look at all those passages and decide which to toss out and which to keep. So, when you are done reading your book, you will select at least six (6) passages from throughout the novel. Copy the passages down (including page numbers) and then write about each passage in the following ways:
First, in a well-written paragraph, explain how the passage "fits" into the novel (does the passage add to the character development, the plot line, the details of setting, and so forth). Discuss the importance of the passage to the book’s message or meaning or theme.
Then, in a well-written paragraph, react to the passage as a reader. Make me understand WHY you have selected this passage. To generate responses, you can consider the following as suggested prompts or questions:
· Why does the passage impress, intrigue, horrify, or puzzle you?
· Do you find the author’s use of language appealing or powerful? Does the passage jump off the page as a great descriptive passage?
· Does it prompt a strong response from you as you read it? Does it present itself as so well crafted that you just love the sound of it? Is the language beautiful, descriptive, graphic?
· Is it particularly meaningful? Is it a high point in the book?
· Do you find yourself in agreement/disagreement with the ideas expressed?
· Does the passage remind you of a situation you have lived as well?
· Does the passage make you laugh out loud or make you melancholy or make you something else?
· Does the author or the character raise intriguing questions or issues?
· Does the passage challenge or expand your thinking?
· You get the idea.
You are not limited to the above list, nor do I expect you to answer all of the above, but your responses to the passages should clearly explain to me WHY these passages mean something to you, WHY these passages caught your attention.
Then, select ANOTHER, DIFFERENT passage as "The Quote of the Book": that one passage or quote that captures the essence – the true meaning – of the novel for you, the reader. In a well-written paragraph explain exactly HOW this passage is the one perfect quote from the book [Think of this as the one passage that you would absolutely want saved should your book ever be lost or destroyed.]
Lastly, you need to write me a REFLECTIVE LETTER about reading this novel and creating your portfolio. Write to me about the thoughts and feelings and observations and new insights you experienced while reading your novel. Write to me about marking the quotes as you read and then selecting the ones to keep. Some things to think about for your letter may include, but are not exclusive to:
· Tell me what you worked on the hardest or struggled with in doing this assignment
· Share with me what you think you did well: what worked, really worked
· Show me where you were drawn into the novel and where you were pulled away from the novel. Identify in your opinion the author’s – or the story’s – greatest strength and weakness
· Discuss in what ways the novel is similar to your life
· Explore what value, besides entertainment, this book has
· Share your overall impressions of the novel
· Discuss if you found yourself changing your mind about the book and/or the assignment
· Tell me what you as a reader and as a student need to focus on for the next assignment
Your REFLECTIVE LETTER is your chance to "talk" with me about your book, your project, and your experiences in completing this assignment. With your letter, make me see your work – and your learning – through your eyes.
All aspects of this assignment must be typed in MLA format.
Passages/quotes must be at least two (2) sentences long. [Many of your passages should – and will be – longer than two sentences.]
Passages/quotes must be from throughout the entire novel.
All passages must be in quotation marks – and be sure to copy the passage exactly as it appears in your novel.
All passages must include the page number from which they are taken. Cite page numbers as (235), or (16), or (105).
This assignment is due by the due date – late work will be penalized 20 points from all components
The Reflective letter is a required component of this assignment.
Name ______________________________ Grade ______
Poem (50 Points) Total ________
_______ Content (30 points)
_______ Creativity (10 points)
_______ Grammar/Form (10 points)
Collage (50 points) Total ________
_______ Pictures/ Photos (20 points)
_______ Text/Quotes (20 points)
_______ Creativity (10 points)
6 Word Reflection (50 points) Total ________
Graph/Analysis (50 points) Total ________
_______ Analysis/Logic (40 points)
_______ Creativity (10 points)
Quotes Project (100 points) Total ________
_______ Relevance (40 points)
_______ Analysis (40 points)
_______ Grammar (20 points)
Reflective Letter Completed ______
GRAND TOTAL ____________/300 possible points