Read Up with Lead Up
The evening kicked off with a discussion about how one “tastes” a book to figure out what indications can help you decide if it might be a fit for you or not. Our students came up with a pretty solid list of things one can do besides looking at the title and the cover art:
- Read the first few sentences.
- Read the summary.
- Flip through a book and see if anything catches your eye.
- Get recommendations from trusted friends or on social media.
- Check out more books by an author you already like.
- Check out more books in a genre you like.
Then students discussed what of those things apply to graphic novels and what else you have to consider when tasting a graphic novel like an appealing art design and interesting looking characters. We practiced tasting on some children’s books and then dove into the books.
- Find at least 3 books you’re interested in.
- Tell 3 people about one of the books you’re interested in and why.
- Try opening at least 3 books you think you’d hate and give them a chance.
- Add the books you’re interested in to your Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ list.
- As you’re tasting, be thinking about the question that we’ll try to answer at our next book club: “Should comics and graphic novels be considered literature?”
After a healthy portion of tasting, students took a shot at using visual cues to fill in blank speech bubbling, put panels in order, sort villains from heroes, and then they flipped a coin to find out if they were a superhero or a super villain before crafting their super persona.