Lesson 1: Building Background

United We Are Strong
To begin our study of Maus, we first need to establish some background information. Maus is set in Poland during WWII. Actions of Adolf Hitler's Germany have a direct effect on the lives of almost everyone in the book. It is therefore important to spend a little time learning about Hitler, WWII, and the Holocaust. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, this lesson should help familiarize yourself with them.

To complete this lesson, follow the steps below.
  1. Download the Lesson 1 worksheet here
  2. Read the information on the Rise of Hitler and answer the questions on the worksheet.
  3. Proceed to the WWII page, read the information, and answer the questions on the worksheet.
  4. Proceed to the Holocaust page, read the information, and answer the questions on the worksheet.
  5. Proceed to the Events in Maus page, read the information, and answer the questions on the worksheet.
  6. After you have read all the information in Lesson 1 and completed the worksheet, proceed to the assignment page begin work on your website project.