Welcome to the Lit Bit Wikispace!

Our wiki is designed to provide instructional resources for English language arts teachers. Our wiki centers around four pieces of literature commonly read by students in the 8th and 9th grades:
  • Elie Wiesel's Night
  • George Orwell's Animal Farm
  • Lois Lowry's The Giver
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Through this wiki, teachers will have access to resources including: author information, background information, links to popular Web sites, related videos, lesson designs, chapter questions, study guides, tests, links to further information, recommended literature, and other learning resources. Teachers may lead students to this wiki for research and learning resources as well.

Below you will find links to purchase these novels from amazon.com:

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Night

"In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life's essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves. It marks the crucial first step in Wiesel's lifelong project to bear witness for those who died."-Amazon.com

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Animal Farm

"A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling, satiric fables ever penned--a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that whatever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh." -Signet Classics

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The Giver

In the Community, everyone knows exactly what they are supposed to do. There is no fear, no war, no prejudice, and no pain. Everything is the same. Each member of the Community is assigned a role based on their abilities. Jonas, an eleven year old boy with "pale eyes", receives an unusual assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve. He is to be the next Receiver of Memory. The Receiver is responsible for holding all of the memories of the Community, including me‚Äčmories of happiness, sadness, and pain. The Assignment calls for him to receive these memories from the current Receiver, a man who asks Jonas to call him the Giver.

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Romeo and Juliet

"William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is considered to be one of the greatest tragic love stories of all time, Romeo who is a member of the house of Montague falls in love with Juliet who is a member of the house of Capulet. The Montagues and Capulets have been engaged in a feud for many years and as such the love between Romeo and Juliet is forbidden. Written near the end of the 16th century, Romeo and Juliet, which is one of Shakespeare's earliest dramas, is the story of love that can never be realized and the tragedy that ensues."-Digireads.com



Additional Resources for Teachers


On this page, we have also included some helpful links for teachers. These are general sites where teachers can find lesson plan ideas and other activities for teaching.

Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
This web site is geared at Alabama teachers and includes resources for all core subject areas in the Alabama curriculum. Among the available resources are courses of study, lessons plans, and web links.

Web English Teacher
This web site targets English teachers and also offers helpful resources including lesson plans. Lesson plans for Elie Wiesel's Night and George Orwell's Animal Farm can be found on this site.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
This is the web site for the most widely recognized organization for teachers in the field of English language arts. Here English teachers can find news that pertains to their field, see what new strategies English teachers are using in the classroom, and read any number of the NCTE's journals concerning the English teaching profession.


Contact Information


A Wiki would not be possible without the collaboration of many people. Below are our e-mail addresses, and we welcome you to add something that you might think other teachers may find useful. If you are interested in adding to one of the pages we have created, or would like to start an entirely new page, we would love to have you join the Lit Bit wiki!

Ben Dake (author of Elie Wiesel's Night page) tbd0002@auburn.edu
Kayla Kelley (author of George Orwell's Animal Farm page) kellekm@auburn.edu
Catherine Foster (author of Lois Lowry's The Giver page) cat.foster09@gmail.com
Lauren Latham (author of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet page) taylole@auburn.edu