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Activity Overview

As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. With character mapping, it’s easy for students to follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enriching.

Clicking "Use This Assignment" will copy both the example above as well as a blank template for you to customize as desired. You may want students to start from scratch, or provide them with the questions and characters! Use it as is, or to edit it for the level of your class. Printing it as worksheets, for your students to complete while reading, is a fast and easy way to incorporate this character map into your classroom.

Night Characters

ElieThe author and narrator of Night. Elie is a young man when he is sent to a concentration camp, during WWII.
Moshe the BeadleA foreign Jew living in Sighet. He is initially deported before the others and comes back to warn his people, in vain.
Elie’s Father/ShlomoShlomo is a highly respected member of the Jewish community, both in Sighet and in their ghetto. He is brave and helps Elie stay positive.
Akiba DrumerA holocaust victim who loses faith in God after the circumstances and experiences of the concentration camp. Elie often focuses on Akiba, as a parallel to his own feelings.
JuliekA musician that Elie befriends in Auschwitz.
Tibi and YosiBrothers who Elie befriends in Buna. They are Zionists, members of a movement for the re-establishment of the Jewish nation in Israel. Tibi, Yosi, and Elie plan to move there after the war.
IdekElie’s Kapo, a prisoner who was put in charge of the other prisoners, in Buna. His mood swings were often violent, and when Elie caught him having sex with a Polish woman, Idek had Elie whipped.
FranekA Polish prisoner of war and foreman in the musician's block at Buna. At first, he helps Elie and his father by getting them assigned to the same block for work. However, later, he steals Elie’s gold crown and repeatedly beats his father.
Rabbi EliahouA well-liked Rabbi who loses his son during the death march. Elie realizes that his son knowingly left his father.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in Night and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the text boxes for Character Information, Importance/Effect on Elie as an Adult, and Effect on Elie's Faith.

Lesson Plan Reference

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(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
33 Points
25 Points
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.

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