Holocaust Reflection On Maus By Art Spiegelman

Holocaust Reflection Paper
Participation
For this project lesson plan, Jerrod and I brain stormed possible project ideas to go along with the book, Maus by Art Spiegelman. We decide to stay with the graphic novel idea for the project. We worked together at the library to complete the lesson plan. Jerrod volunteered to complete the graphic novel example for the lesson project. We used the online archives from The USC Shoah Foundation, which we provided several examples of the types of videos we expected students to watch and transform their stories into a short graphic novel, similar to Maus. The next day the students will present their graphic novels to the class, this allows the class to hear and see multiple perspectives of the Holocaust.

Content Knowledge
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Although there are many examples of genocide, the Holocaust is an extreme example of the systematic destruction of human lives. The project allowed me to learn various unique aspects of the holocaust, such as the bartering system and human ability to escape certain death. Maus, showed the unique ability of a man to survive despite being a POW, living in a ghetto, and surviving Auschwitz, and the impact on their life. The book displayed grim scenes, but in a respectful and honest way. The style of the art showed that the author struggled with his presentation of the sensitive topic. The book shows multiple examples of instances where humanity showed through the horrific event, which is important to focus on during the teaching of the subject. Humans destroy, but also

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