Graphic novels and Holocaust studies—a great combination that will engage students’ interest and encourage textual, visual, historical, and cultural literacy. Spiegelman’s gritty tale personalizes the Holocaust and pulls no punches. Students will appreciate his honesty and engaging storytelling as well as his compelling illustrations.
Modern literacy now extends beyond the written word as we are bombarded by images and graphics on traditional media, social media, and alternative texts. Students need guidance and practice in developing visual literacy to supplement their traditional literacy skills. This item provides a study guide that leads students into a deeper analysis of the text and visuals of the novel through open-ended questions; there are four to five questions for each chapter that ask students to probe and analyze the text and illustrations, and write responses that are supported with evidence. The assessment consists of two panels from each chapter that ask students to make connections between the story and the visuals in the form of short written responses. For teachers who want more depth rather than just a memory or trivia test, this will demonstrate students’ ability to analyze, make connections, and think holistically.
Provide your students with a highly engaging opportunity to develop textual analysis, literary analysis, visual literacy, and writing skills in a self-contained and complete unit.
Contains: 4-page study guide (no answers are provided as the items are open-ended); 6-page assessment (suggested answers are provided); scoring rubric.