Reflection: Real World Applications Maus chapter 1: In the Beginning, Life is Good - Section 4: Building Knowledge: The Voice of Art and Valdek Spiegelman


The Holocaust seems like ancient history to my students.  I want them to understand that people are still living with the Holocaust. The book MetaMaus shares Art Spiegelman's experiences writing the book and the reaction people have had to the book.  I think the voice of Vladek makes him real to my students. We have a Holocaust Survivor's network in Tucson.  I encourage them to visit their web site and learn about how people in their community are impacted by the Holocaust.  Usually in the spring, several of the Holocaust survivors in town visit schools.  I hope to take my students to hear them speak.  Hearing their first-hand account of the Holocaust is an unforgettable experience. 

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Maus chapter 1: In the Beginning, Life is Good

Unit 3: Impact of History on Identity and Culture
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT analyze how characters develop over the course of a text by creating two character timelines for Maus.

Big Idea: Students juxtapose the young and the old. How does history change a person?

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