Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Maus Chapter 2: Communists and Nazis, who do we fear? - Section 2: Building Knowledge: What's Wrong with Communism?


Can you find the Soviet Union on the map? No, neither can my students.  With the changes in the maps comes the changes in the social and media interest given to Eastern European Communism.  Most of my students are unfamiliar with Communism and the Cold War.  They have not got that far in an American History class.  Their concept of Communism is shaped by the contemporary Chinese approach. They talk about state censorship, limited access to the internet, pollution, and control of family planning. I use censorship and government incursion into communication as a bridge between what they know and what was perceived as the Communist threat prior and after WWII.

It is important to provide context to the events in literary nonfiction.  It provides more depth to the narrative and fulfills my secret desire to be a social studies teacher. 

  Teaching students born after the Cold War
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Teaching students born after the Cold War
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Maus Chapter 2: Communists and Nazis, who do we fear?

Unit 3: Impact of History on Identity and Culture
Lesson 5 of 14

Objective: SWBAT analyze a cultural experience by examining the rise of the Nazis in Maus.

Big Idea: Students investigate 1930s Polish politics: who is the greater threat? Communists or Nazis?

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