- El Deafo
Bell, C., & Lasky, D. (2014). El Deafo. New York, NY: Amulet Books.
- After getting ill at age four, EL Deafo has to learn how to navigate and understand the world using hearing aids or a Phonic Ear. She discovers that making new friends at school and in her neighborhood presents a struggle but not an impossible one.
- Contemporary realistic fiction
- This book is good for almost any reader to introduce them to new formats if they have not already tried reading graphic novels and to teach them about understanding other people’s lives.
- 4/4. I absolutely loved this graphic novel. I love almost any book that makes me “walk in someone else’s shoes” and feel this format was a very effective tool for the author to use.
- Why does the Cece call herself “El Deafo”?
- Anticipation Guides: This literacy strategy takes statements (some true, some false, and some misconceptions) and has the students think about whether or not they agree with the statement. Then, as the students read the text they think about the statements and compare their knowledge with what the text presents. This would be a good literacy strategy for this book because there are many misconceptions about people who are deaf and most people do not know a lot about deafness. Using this strategy engages the students and activates their background knowledge.