Reflection: Student Feedback Maus Chapter 3 and 4: Juxtaposition of a Character Soldier vs. POW (Day 1 of 3) - Section 2: Building Knowledge: Rebellion in Poland


It is October 14, 2013 it is the 70th anniversary of the escape from Sobibor Death Camp in Poland.  I listened to the first person account of the rebellion of  Jews in the Sobibor on BBC Outlook: Witness while I was eating my breakfast this morning.  Although, the book that we are reading does not talk about Sobibor, I felt the students needed to hear a different aspect of the Holocaust narrative.

 When opportunities to infuse a real voice become available, it is worth it to make time for students to hear it.

I was somewhat surprised by my students' reaction.  Several students wanted to verify that this account was a true story.  I confirmed that it was a true story that evidence existed beyond this one eyewitness account.  After we answered the questions about the rebellion, the students were more concerned with why they didn't know about the rebellion. Were there other rebellions? They wanted to know why all the stories they heard about the Holocaust and WWII were about victims.  

I asked them if staying alive, hiding, and not surrendering to the Nazis, like the Spiegelman family, was a form of rebellion. Honestly, there was more silence and processing time than discussion.  I needed to move on with the lesson, so I suggested they ask their world history teachers these questions.  

Some of the students came to my room during tutoring time and asked to listen to the broadcast again.  I think it struck a nerve with some of them. It was definitely worth modifying my lesson to include this broadcast. 

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Maus Chapter 3 and 4: Juxtaposition of a Character Soldier vs. POW (Day 1 of 3)

Unit 3: Impact of History on Identity and Culture
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: SWBAT analyze the development of a character by examining the juxtaposition of Vladek as a soldier and a POW.

Big Idea: Student grapple with Vladek's strengths and weakness to determine who is the strongest Vladek: the soldier or the POW.

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