I am a secondary school teacher and I would like to buy either the teaching unit or the activity pack for the graphic novel Maus by Spiegelman.
I have looked at the table of contents for the Activity Pack and it looks great, however is it best to purchase the teaching unit? I am looking for activities that the students can complete while reading the novel as well as comprehension tests.
Which document do you recommend I purchase?
Choosing between the two kinds of teaching packets depends on what the teacher needs for his classes. The Activity Packets while slightly more expensive provide a variety of activities: maps, figurative language activities, small group work, large group activities, tests, questions, and suggestions for other learning experiences. The Teaching Unit is more traditional working with study questions and class discussion guides. Both are a real bonus for the literature units.
You ask which would be the better choice. The Activity Packet has many different types of learning experiences. My classes would have loved the extras which only add to their total involvement with the literature unit. I have to recommend the Activity Packet. On the other hand, if you are interested in test aspect of the guides, then the best choice is the Teaching Guide.
One suggestion would be to look at the option for a monthly pass option for Activity Packets or Teaching Guides. With the pass, the teacher is able to not only receive the packet desired but at least two others. Financially, this provides better use of the dollar. At any rate, whichever is chosen, it will a be good addition to your classroom.