Night Under Fire: Female Pilots & Camps

8 Weeks

  • 1 hour
  • 200 US dollars
  • Online

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Genocide was a word that did not exist before the Holocaust. This was a time in our history that has shaped our world in profound ways. These two books look at the Holocaust from inside the concentration camps, first from the point of view of a real life survivor imprisoned in Auschwitz, then a fictionalized view a female, American pilot shot down over Germany and taken to Ravensbruck. Students will first read the biography on Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, learning of his ordeal during WWII. Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire is brimming with life as we follow a young American girl as she joins the American ATA as a pilot ferrying planes for the British Air Force. That is until she is captured by the Germans and transported to Ravensbruck, the notorious female concentration camp where Nazi doctors performed scientific experiments on their patients, looking into the effects of gangrene and bullet wounds. Along with the novel, students will look at newspaper articles and read accounts from guards stationed at Ravensbruck. Readings will be supplemented with materials from the National Holocaust Museum. Vocabulary from both novels will also be studied. Students will learn how to write a 5-paragraph essay with embedded text evidence, and three essays will be assigned over the course of the class with feedback given. Materials: Night by Elie Wiesel Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Annotation Tools: Pen or pencil Highlighters in various colors Sticky notes Sticky flags

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