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This product includes engaging extension activities that require students to take a deeper look into the novel, A Night Divided. These activities are designed to promote and support higher-level thinking skills and focus on more abstract reading concepts such as theme, symbolism, perspective, and figurative language. The activities included in this resource lend themselves to more in-depth class and peer discussions. Students will respond to open-ended questions with short answers, textual evidence, the creation of images, and more. Most questions require that students provide text evidence to support their thinking and challenge them to provide their opinions and/or perspective. 

A list of the included activities and descriptions is provided below.


Figurative Language Study (30 pages total)

  • Figurative Language Notes Handouts (Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole, Idiom)
  • Figuring Out Figurative Language Activities – (25 pages total) – Students will identify figurative language in passages taken from the novel, A Night Divided. Then, students will determine the type, meaning, and author’s purpose for including the figurative language identified in each passage. This activity can be divided up by splitting the class into groups and having each group work on different pages for a section of chapters. It could also be divided up and assigned as a bell ringer, warm-up activity, or exit ticket.

*Chapters 1 – 9 (4 pages, 12 questions + 1 page ANSWER KEY)

*Chapters 10 – 19 (4 pages, 12 questions + 1 page ANSWER KEY)

*Chapters 20 – 28 (4 pages, 12 questions + 1 page ANSWER KEY)

*Chapters 29 – 37 (4 pages, 12 questions + 1 page ANSWER KEY)

*Chapters 38 – 47 (4 pages, 12 questions + 1 page ANSWER KEY)

Theme Study (6 themes, 2 pages each – 12 pages total) – Students will answer theme-related questions using themes present in the novel, A Night Divided. This is a great activity to split the class into groups and have each group work on a different theme. Some themes are more difficult, so be sure to preview the questions to properly differentiate for your students.

  • Family
  • Heroism
  • Courage
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Fear
  • Division

Symbolism Analysis (6 symbols with questions, 3 pages total) – Students will analyze and identify various symbols and the use of symbolism in the book, A Night Divided. This is a great activity to split the class into groups and have each group analyze a different symbol. Some symbols are more difficult, so be sure to preview the questions to properly differentiate for your students.

  • Tunnel and Garden (page 1)
  • Berlin Wall and Family Car (page 2)
  • Bananas and Freedom of Speech (page 3)

Quote Analysis (21 pages total)

  • 6 Quote Connections (6 pages) – Students will give thoughtful responses to the questions relating to the provided quotes using the story, A Night Divided, personal opinions, experiences & background knowledge to guide their thinking.
  • 4 Quote Activities (6 pages total) – 60 quote cards are included. Students will use these quotations to complete the following activities.
  • Hoodie & Design Perspective (2 pages) – Students will respond to a question by designing a hoodie. Then, they will include evidence from the book that supports their design.
  • Meaning & Image (1 page + Rubric) – Students will choose a favorite quote or scene from A Night Divided to create an image that represents the quote using appropriate scenes, characters, and items. Then, students will write an explanation regarding what the quote means to them.
  • Quote Pair Up – (1 page) – Students will Choose 2 quotes by the author, Jennifer A. Nielsen, from the novel, A Night Divided, and find a quotation (online, in another book, from the included quote cards, etc.) by another person that is similar, opposite, or related to each of the quotes they chose. Then, students will explain how the quotes are similar, different, or connect to one another.
  • Inspirational Quote (1 page) – Students will Choose one of the quotations from the included quote cards. Then, students will add an illustration that depicts the quote to create an inspirational poster.
  • 60 Quote Cards – (10 pages, 6 on a page) – For long time use, print the quote cards on cardstock and laminate them before cutting them apart. These quote cards can be used with many of the included quote activities and in various other ways.