Art Spiegelman's Maus--a Graphic Novel about the Holocaust for Eighth Graders
The cost of twenty copies of "Maus" by Art Spiegelman from Barnes and Noble is $367, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
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The book "Maus" by Art Spiegelman tells the story of the Holocaust in a unique manner. It is a graphic novel and would be an excellent way for my eighth graders to learn about this awful event in history. Since it is formatted like a comic book, the book will have an immediate appeal for my students, yet its contents are deadly serious.
Mice, rats, cats and other animals are used in the book instead of people, which provides rich opportunities for discussion. I am requesting funding for a classroom set of this book; this set will greatly supplement the students' background knowledge of the Holocaust and prepare them for reading about the life of Anne Frank, which is taught in our state textbooks. In my three English classes of thirty students each, we will use these books to study plotline components, character development and motivation, and especially how visual images within this graphic novel work or don't work to convey the book's message.
Almost all students love comic books, and this "comic book"--really a novel told in graphic form--is an extremely powerful way for middle schoolers to absorb a complex and dark period of world history.
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