Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Jüdischer Ordnungsdienst: Family Salvation or Cultural Traitors - Section 2: Let's Get Started: Background on Poland from 1939 to 1945


Both The Pianist and Maus take place in Poland during WWII, however the two families have unique experiences. The facts about the number of Jews living in Warsaw before the war and after the war are staggering and difficult for the students to digest.  So, we discuss the experience of the individual families, who survived, how did s/he survive, and how does these experiences contribute to the greater narrative of the Holocaust.  

I never feel secure with the amount of information I give my students.  I don't want to overwhelmed them to the point where they just tune out.  I want them to see how these individual stories are parts of a greater whole.  My students seem to compartmentalize the information.  Besides the fact that both stories take place in Poland, none of my students expressed a greater connection between the information about The Pianist and Maus.  Hopefully after watching the movie they will make better connections between the text and the film (CCSS 9-10 RL 7). 

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  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Connecting text to film
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Jüdischer Ordnungsdienst: Family Salvation or Cultural Traitors

Unit 3: Impact of History on Identity and Culture
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: SWBAT analyze the representation of the Jewish Police force in two artistic mediums by watching the film The Pianist and comparing it to the graphic novel Maus.

Big Idea: What would you do? Watch your family suffer or betray your culture? Students will write letters that explain the choice s/he would make.

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