Sparking curiosity, discourse
and all that is good
Pens are still. Twenty students lean forward in their seats—intent on the story of a young man fighting to survive in a concentration camp. No one makes a note until the teacher pauses.
Mr. Nowak teaches eighth-grade English, and he’s a favorite among students, though he’s a tough grader and a demanding coach. His dynamic presence fills the room and holds every single student’s attention. When he asks how something good can come from something as evil as the Holocaust, the students sit in deep thought for a moment before raising their hands. They’re eager to discuss and not afraid to be wrong.
So why did Elie Wiesel write Night?