Next week, we will be skipping our usual vocabulary routine to focus on the terms used in analyzing graphic novels. Make sure you have all of the notes from my Prezi, found here. (A supplemental guide to these terms can also be found here.)
It is STRONGLY encouraged that you purchase The Silence of Our Friends for annotation and note-taking purposes, but I know that isn’t easy for everyone. You can find a digital copy of the graphic novel here. If you have a laptop or a tablet to read the graphic novel on, please feel free to bring that to class over the next couple of weeks.
Our class will collaborate with Mr. Rossi’s fourth period Advanced Composition class in a cross-class discussion. Please use this opportunity to engage with students from his class and respond to each others’ interpretations and ideas.
Using the blog and your cell phone or laptop, please post a 7 to 10 sentence response that answers at least six of the following questions in the comment section of this post. You may post multiple times and respond to other posters to earn extra credit.
Section 1: A Racial Rodeo: Due on my blog by midnight, Sunday (March 12, 2017)
Pages 1- 65
- What is the most important symbol in this section? What is its metaphoric or symbolic meaning?
- How does the design of the panels contribute to the mood of the opening pages?
- Where on the picture plane does the artwork fall? What is its original effect on the reader?
- Which character is most interesting at this point of the story? Why?
- What has been the primary moral of the opening section? How do you know?
- How do you envision the following quote impacting the rest of the novel? “In the end, we will remember not words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- This section opens with the Long family attending a rodeo. What does Mark’s hesitancy to buy BBQ imply about his view of the black community?
- Explain the tone of the frames that detail the “hard money” game. How does the author want the reader to view the convicts (especially the one who wins)?
- How does Jack explain his notion that DA is “railroading” Samuel Otis? What evidence does he rely on?
- In what ways is the racial stress of the outside world beginning to infiltrate the Long family home?
- Analyze the bleed on the last page of the section. What is the Saturn Five launch symbolic of? How is graphic weight used to emphasize this?
**The picture plane referenced in question number three comes from the McCloud reading: