- Select and briefly review one teen novel, classic or modern, which is a sure antidote to the daze of high school.
-Title your post Meme: High School Daze to Praise
-Include an image with your post.
-Tag four blogger colleagues.
After a couple of days of not being able to think of a book that would get my lazy classmates to read, I finally thought of one. I’ve read a few blog posts lately (A Writing Curbxstomp and Soojin, and perhaps others that I don’t remember) on comic books, manga, and graphic novels. Then – aha! – it hit me! Duh, a teenager would love to read a graphic novel, and there are those out there with the potential to spark great discussions. And forget the rules, here are two:
Option 1: Maus, by Art SpiegelmanI absolutely loved this book, especially because I could relate to many of the characters – Art reminds me of my father, and his father reminds me of my grandmother. I’m sure students could recognize their relatives in these nagging characters. Soojin commented that in comics, Americans all look the same – in Maus, characters are drawn as different animals to represent their nationality, so no confusion there!
One of the best things about Maus for the classroom is the interdisciplinary material. It is about the Holocaust, and so could fit in nicely with a history course. It could be used in conjunction with an art class as well due to the format. Actually, both of my suggestions could be used in history and art class. Graphic novels are fabulous!
Option 2: Persepolis, by Marjane SatrapiAgain, expressive drawings, and intricate plot with lots of relevant topics. The writing style in Persepolis is a bit hard to get used to, because Ms. Satrapi writes very directly, so it can feel a bit jerky at times. However, it’s an extremely rich story, with a lot going on, and much of it (if not ALL of it) teenagers can relate to today (in some way, shape or form).
Okay, I tag:
Lehmann (has he been tagged already?)