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My colleague came into my classes today to discuss DKR, and as usual, the kids had loads of questions that led led to informative discussion about the DC Comics universe, contrast between Marvel and DC, the 1980s, Miller's unique rendition of the Batman mythos, and much more. To be honest, this is the second time I have taught this text to high school seniors and our discussions only scratch the surface of really understanding this novel. There is just so much to talk about that is intriguing, puzzling, irritating and fascinating. It is a unique reading experience for students both familiar and unfamiliar with comic books. I have already realized so much more from teaching it a second time. It is not a book you can ever become bored with. As frustrating and overwhelming as it can be for novice readers, its value in the classroom cannot be underestimated. I have my students respond creatively using lots of different reading workshop prompts and activities where they can feel successful reflecting on aspects of the story they enjoy as well as providing space for them to write their questions and confusions. One thing is certain for all students---DKR elicits strong response both good and bad! The kids either love it or hate it, but there is no in-between!

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Comment by Ryan Goble on February 10, 2011 at 12:40pm

Hi Maureen - do consider re-posting this in the GN group discussion forum - that way all the GN people get an e-mail telling them you posted and I share those on Mondays because it drives people to join the groups.  So if you want more readers - do consider that! Hope you're book is coming along well!


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