The Aftermath of Violence: Transformation through Peace and Justice


Essential Questions:

        - what is the relationship between violence, peace, and justice?

        - do people have a responsibility to create peace and enable justice?

        - will our culture tend to produce war or tend to produce peace?

Objectives:

- read and interact with a variety of non-fiction and fiction texts

- compare and contrast various texts in order to support a claim

- synthesize a core message about violence/peace/justice and defend that message

Content:        

Anchor                                                 Choice

- Night by Elie Wiesel                                               - A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

- ‘A God Who Remembers’ by Elie Wiesel (essay)           - In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

- Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal

Justice’ by Paul Tullis (article)

- ‘Making Good’ by Lore Segal (short story)

- ‘Author’s Preface’ and ‘If this is a man’ from Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz (‘Look Inside This Book’)

Assessments:

        #1 - 2pg Night essay - defend a claim

        #2 - 2pg mini-synthesis essay: Night and one other text - create a claim about violence/peace/justice

        #3 - 4-5pg synthesis essay: Night, Choice Book, other text - create a claim about violence/peace/justice

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Welcome back from break

23

In-class essay and reading

24

Intro to books, discussion about peace and justice

25

Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice? 

26

A God who Remembers

29

Correspondence about Night

30

‘is this a man’

poem & correspondence

1

Writing #1

2

Feedback

3

Revising

6

Making Good

7

Making Good

8

Night / text EdCafe

9

Writing #2

10

Feedback

13

Due

14

Model argument

Reading Day

15

EdCafe

16

EdCafe

17

Idea Development

Outlining

20

Writing #3

21

Writing / Feedback

22

Feedback

23

Revising

24

Final Essay Due

Writing Prompt - Writing #1

Take a position that defends, challenges, or qualifies the claim in relation to the book Night by Elie Wiesel:

Potential Claims (choose one and revise - these are only starters):

- Peace can only happen through consciousness

- When inhumanity becomes normal, society is destroyed.

- Hope for survival depends on a connection to humanity.

- When violence prevails over peace, it is vital to remember the events for the future.

- Resistance to corruption is key to a balance in humanity.

- Humanity is lost when survival becomes one’s only priority.

- Through facing inhumane circumstances, people must cultivate sanity to survive.

- Wherever there is evil, there is good to balance it out.

- A will to live is crucial to survival

- People need to tell their personal story, not only for themselves, but for others.

You can choose two ways of approaching this analysis

- What the author says

- How the author says it  

Length: 4-5 well-developed paragraphs

Writing Prompt - Writing #2

Create a claim about violence, peace, and/or justice.

In an essay that synthesizes at least two of the sources for support, take a position that defends, challenges, or qualifies the claim that you have created.

        Length: 4-5 well-developed paragraphs

Writing Prompt - Writing #3 - FINAL ESSAY

In an essay that synthesizes at least three of the sources for support, take a position that defends, challenges, or qualifies the claim that you have created.

1500-2000 words (4-5pg) synthesis essay: Night, Choice Book, other text - create a claim about violence/peace/justice


SAMPLE AP SYNTHESIS ESSAY PROMPT


Directions:

The following prompt is based on the accompanying six sources.

This question requires you to integrate a variety of sources into a coherent, well-written

essay. Refer to the sources to support your position; avoid mere paraphrase or summary.

Your argument should be central; the sources should support this argument.

Remember to attribute both direct and indirect citations.

Introduction

Television has been influential in United States presidential elections since the 1960’s.

But just what is this influence, and how has it affected who is elected? Has it made

elections fairer and more accessible, or has it moved candidates from pursuing issues to

pursuing image?

Assignment

Read the six sources (including any introductory information) carefully. Then, in

an essay that synthesizes at least three of the sources for support, take a position

that defends, challenges, or qualifies the claim that television has had a positive

impact on presidential elections.