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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
El Deafo is a memoir about Cece Bell in the form of a graphic novel, great for middle schoolers and could be appropriate for elementary students.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Lesson 1: Introduction - whole group (15 minutes)
Introduction to graphic novel format: Ask students what they know about graphic novels, what they’ve read, what they like.
Individual work for 30 minutes:
Introduction for Lesson 2:
Introduce El Deafo with a book talk.
Inquiry: According to the book talk what type of graphic novel is this book? (Think of yesterday’s activity.) What clues lead you to that decision?
Finalize Lesson 2 and 3-5
Hand out sheet 2: El Deafo theme tracker.
Walk the students through the instructions and expectations for the assignment.
Each theme tracker box has a theme for the story. As students read the book, they write down a quote from the story and explain how it supports that specific theme. The last theme tracker box is a theme of the students choice.
Activity two should take about 3 full class periods.
7th or 8th grader reading on grade level should be able to complete 70 pages per period.
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
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