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Making It Visual for ELL Students: Teaching History Using Maus

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Making It Visual for ELL Students: Teaching History Using Maus

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Fourteen 50-minute lessons
Lesson Author

Christian W. Chun

Toronto, Ontario

Martha Atwell

Los Angeles, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • Maus (Vols. I & II) by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon Books, 1986; 1991)

  • Large map of Europe

  • Overhead projector with projection screen and transparencies

  • Computers with Internet access

  • DVD of The Pianist directed by Roman Polanski (Universal, 2003)

  • DVD player and monitor (or computer with DVD drive and projection capability)

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