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CHS English students construct character journals during Holocaust study

Character Journals

Clinton High School’s English 2 classes closed out the 2020-2021 school year with a study on Elie Wiesel’s Holocaust memoir “Night.”

 

“Our students do not often have the opportunity to write narrative stories,” English 2 teacher Laura Cockrell said, “so this was an opportunity for them to reach into the recesses of their creativity and write from a different perspective. They really took advantage of this writing form to develop heartbreaking, emotional journals.”

 

Fellow English 2 teacher Hannah Rachel Smith echoed Cockrell’s sentiments. “This project enabled students to apply the themes from ‘Night.’ We studied the literature, discussed its significance, answered the multiple-choice questions and wrote essays. This project allowed students to apply literature to real life, which goes beyond standardized tests.”

 

Along with studying the book, English 2 teachers had students tap into their creative side and construct character journals chronicling a plausible narrative of someone their own age who may have experienced the Holocaust.

 

Students then analyzed their peers’ journals and provided constructive feedback to their fellow students.

 

Journals

 

Journals

 

Journals

 

Journals

 

Journals

 

Journals

 

Journals