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An Open Letter about the Novel Night, by Elie Wiesel

To the families of my students:

The story of Night is far too horrific for us to ignore.  Many people will read this novel very quickly, despite the disturbing images it contains.  It leaves us with empty, hollow feelings and several serious questions about the humanity of mankind.   However, there are several activities and strategies, before, during, and after reading that will enhance your understanding of this novel.  If you find that you have finished early, you may choose to reread this for a deeper understanding if the time is available.   As Oscar Wilde once said, "If one can not enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." This is why I have encouraged the purchase of the book.

I have listed below several optional and required strategies to help you comprehend this novel as you read.

    1. (Optional) If you have purchased a copy of the book of your own, you should highlight anything that strikes you. If you have borrowed a book, either write these passages on your "Special Book Part" worksheet, or use a post it note attached to the passage. This material will be used for a class activity in the third week.
    2. (Optional) Use Post-it notes for a borrowed book or write in the purchased book as you read and mark the following connections:
    3. Text to Self = TS Describe any connection you see in your life.

      Text to World = TW Describe any connection you make to world events.

      Text to Text = TT Describe any connections to another item in print.

    4. (Required) All of the vocabulary and essay questions for each night’s reading. Additional copies can be found at and you may copy and paste them into a word processing document.  The answers to these questions should reflect the amount of depth and understanding of the story by each student; in other words... Make it as great as you are.  The subject matter demand your mature respect.

Please understand that I find this novel very difficult to teach because of the severity of inhumanity. You need to complete all of the required work because your opinions, emotions, and insights are the central key to understanding this material and participating in the class discussions and activities.

Any students that receive resource room help may eliminate one question in the packet for each night’s reading, but they will be responsible for adding the information during the next day’s class discussion so that they can participate in the various tests, projects and activities completed after reading the novel.

Thank you for your big, beautiful brain,

Mr. Mulgrew