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Follow the before, during, and aftermath of one of the greatest natural disasters in modern history. Follow the New Orleans natives as they experience the complete upheaval of life as they know it. Combining his own experience, the experience of others, magazines, blogs, and news reports, Neufeld creates a nuanced and intricate view of what Hurricane Katrina means to the people of New Orleans.
His book explores human nature at its core, the idea of home, and themes of perseverance and the will to survive.
The best part? All the stories are true. This title is best suited for older high school students or college students due to its disturbing images and use of explicit language.
There is some inappropriate language in this graphic novel, as well as some disturbing images that may be especially disturbing for any students who experienced hurricane Katrina or something similar.
Classroom Teaching Guide. Grade Level Recommendations This title is best suited for older high school students or college students due to its disturbing images and use of explicit language. Content Concerns There is some inappropriate language in this graphic novel, as well as some disturbing images that may be especially disturbing for any students who experienced hurricane Katrina or something similar. Literary Analysis Common knowledge typically dictates that A.
What effect does this have on readers? Does it turn the storm into a character? For most of the book, narration will jump between characters even on the same page without any warning. Does this come off as disorienting to your students, or does it make sense? Ask students how they feel about experiencing a true story or a piece of nonfiction in the form of a graphic novel. How does this medium convey the story differently than a report on a news channel or an article in a newspaper?
What can be gained from using this medium? Josh Neufeld first appears in the story on page , at the beginning of The Diaspora. How do students feel about him appearing as a character in the story?
Do they find it realistic? Does it come off as pretentious? Ask students to compare all the different people that are central to the story. Have them find one page or panel that they think exemplifies every single character and explain why they chose the pages that they did. Outside of all being from New Orleans, what do they have in common?
What is unique to every single person? Art Analysis Look at the illustration on pages 24 and How does this image convey the transition between the first section and the second section, between meeting the storm and meeting the players? Compare the two full-spread illustrations on p. These two images have a similar layout, but very different color schemes and characters.
Do these images feel more similar or dissimilar? Compare the image on pages and with the image on pages and While these images are largely similar, taking place in the same setting at the same time, one focuses on a single person while the other focuses on a large crowd.
Is the effect of these images different? Look at the first image on the top half of page 3 and compare with the final image on the bottom half of page What within the images themselves convey how much has changed over the course of the story? What do the different colors, details, and text inclusions imply? Give everyone a few moments to find an image in the book that they found to be especially profound. Discuss why these particular images had the effects that they did.
Further Projects Ask students to compare what they knew about Hurricane Katrina beforehand with what they learned from reading D. Have students identify whose story they connect to most and why. Have students research what happened at the Superdome during the aftermath. Do reports agree or disagree about what happened? Why might this be? Ask students to do some more research on the creator, Josh Neufeld, by reading or watching some of his interviews.
How does he seem to relate to the work? What connects him so intimately to the story of Hurricane Katrina? Research other stories from Hurricane Katrina than the five that are told in this graphic novel. What other types of stories might be missing from D. Subsequently, have students create their own comic strips for the stories they find. These can be simple projects, such as having one panel before the hurricane, one during, and one after.
Make sure that they stick to their research, without accidentally embellishing the stories. Find some documentaries about Katrina and have students watch and discuss these in small groups. How does the documentary format differ from the graphic novel format? What are the pros and cons of each medium telling a similar story? See how his writing and art translates across subjects and genres. Pop Culture Classroom W.
Graphic Memories of Katrina’s Ordeal
In , Smith Magazine serialized a comics treatment of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Its creator, Josh Neufeld, is best known for his collaborations with Harvey Pekar, whose scripts, highly detailed and paneled, come to life in the renderings of illustrators casually assigned. His drawings are reminiscent less of the superhero than of the Sunday comics page. With simple lines -- deft and evocative -- Neufeld communicates complex human emotions. Two- and three-color palettes render the passing days with sober integrity. As one character, Abbas, slips into denial about the disaster, his decision to remain behind at his convenience store -- with guns and supplies -- becomes indicative of the American dream.
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
Follow the before, during, and aftermath of one of the greatest natural disasters in modern history. Follow the New Orleans natives as they experience the complete upheaval of life as they know it. Combining his own experience, the experience of others, magazines, blogs, and news reports, Neufeld creates a nuanced and intricate view of what Hurricane Katrina means to the people of New Orleans. His book explores human nature at its core, the idea of home, and themes of perseverance and the will to survive. The best part? All the stories are true.
A.D. Teacher’s Guide
Now in paperback, The New York Times best-selling graphic nonfiction masterpiece depicting the lives of seven New Orleanians before, during, and just after Hurricane Katrina. Cartoonist Josh Neufeld depicts seven extraordinary true stories of survival in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina. Each is forced to confront the same wrenching decision—whether to stay or to flee. As beautiful as it is poignant, A.