The Vine: August 23, 2013
I'm a fifth-grade teacher seeking some inspiration.
My poor kiddos only get art (and music) once a week, and I have been attempting to bring as much exposure to the arts into my general-ed classroom as possible. As of lately, I have been especially focusing on visual literacy. My question is actually twofold.
Part the first: I am looking for some good recommendations for graphic novels that have some level of literary value. Maus may be thematically above my readers, but I would like to challenge them past Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants (ugh).
Secondly, I would love some novel recommendations that center around a real artist or piece of art. Could be a painting, sculpture, photography, or something I haven't yet considered. I already have literature circle sets for Blue Balliet's books, including Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game. I've recently been inspired by Rebecca Stead's Liar & Spy and its inclusion of Seurat.
Checking in with the usual teacher resources has not turned up anything that has thrilled me. I suspect that the Nation may have some ideas that better align with my style. My fifth-grade readers range from a third-grade reading level up to early high school. While I do have some very strong readers, I still need to steer clear of any questionable content. Love to push them, though!
Hit it, Nation — but please keep it to three (3) suggestions per comment so they don't get too tl;dr. (You can always post again if you're feeling really strongly about a fourth. Or…fourteenth. Which probably won't happen because y'all hate to read.)
Tags: Ask The Readers Blue Balliet kids popcult Rebecca Stead