The Power of Words

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  6 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 3 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 ISTE NETS, Common Core
Subject Area:
 Literature, History, Civics & Government, English Language Arts, Ethics, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Humanities, Media & Digital Literacy, Social Studies

This language arts activity is inspired by Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner (1986), educator, and author of more than 50 books, including Night, a memoir about the Holocaust that he first drafted in 1954. (Wiesel later revised, and substantially shortened, his memoir for publication.)

In his speaking and writing, Wiesel has described the power of language. He once said that we may "use words to break the prison." Students will consider the ways in which speaking and writing might empower survivors.

Prerequisite for this activity: Read Night by Elie Wiesel

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