YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2014/2015



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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
by Michael Chabon

2014/15 One Book One Chicago


YAL Presenter Unit 2014/2015

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2014, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Molly Kelly and Kat Tigges

What makes this a good YAL choice...

One Book One Chicago chooses a book a year for the City of Chicago to read together. The 2014 choice is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay reimagine and redefine the comic book hero and in the process force us to grapple with questions about heroism: what does a hero look like, why do we need heroes, what makes one a hero–these are only some of the questions with which we struggle alongside Joe and Sammy as they create The Escapist, their greatest comic book superhero.


YAL Conference Workshop Description & Documents

We Could Be Heroes: Exploring One Book One Chicago 2014 — The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Molly Kelly and Kat Tigges, Presenters

If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Join Chicago Public Library’s Teen Services Department as we present the next One Book One Chicago title (to be announced) and its central theme: heroes. We’ll explore the hidden origins of popular superheroes like Superman and the X-Men, as well as the men and women who created them. Next, we’ll dive into this year’s One Book One Chicago selection and help you create hands-on activities for your classroom with attention to Common Core standards and unit development in various disciplines. Finally, you’ll have the chance to discover One Book One Chicago events and resources your students can use at citywide YOUmedia locations, featuring a special vinyl cutter demonstration. — Workshop Description for YAL 2014


Unit Template


We Coud Be Heroes Handout


We Could Be Heroes Power Point

One Book One Chicago website.