The Aftermath of Violence: Transformation through Peace and Justice
- 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?
- 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
- 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’)
#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
Welcome back from break
In-class essay and reading
Intro to books, discussion about peace and justice
Correspondence about Night
‘is this a man’
poem & correspondence
Night / text EdCafe
Writing / Feedback
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
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.
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
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.