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by Hana Roš & Matteo Farinella

YAL Presenter Unit 2014/2015

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2014, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Polly Mills and Germania Solórzano

What makes this a good YAL choice...

Neurocomic is a stunning hardcover graphic novel. I love when a book compels me as an object and as a story equally, don’t you? This is a book that I think students will want to hold for a moment, then open somewhat ceremoniously, and then dig in to read. There is plenty of text, offering challenging scientific vocabulary, charming historical biographies of the big thinkers in neuroscience, and opportunities to wrestle with complex scientific ideas like morphology, pharmacology, electrophysiology, plasticity, and synchronicity. The adventure story that contains all this science is playful and highly imaginative. The illustrations are enthusiastic, emboldened by liberal use of black ink, providing, I think, a respite for the eye and the mind, a place to engage metaphor, connect to prior knowledge, and imagine the possibilities of the science of the human brain. This book will appeal as graphic novel alone, but for the budding scientist, it offers an exciting introduction to neuroscience. For high school students eager to become better readers and thinkers, this book will challenge with a big spoonful of sugar. Tied to in-class activities to encourage the use of metaphor, the book becomes a tool to help students become aware of techniques they can use to comprehend, to envision possibilities, and to make inventive leaps toward solutions — Polly Mills and Germania Solórzano


YAL Conference Workshop Description
The Power of Metaphor (and symbol, personification, analogy, story, synecdoche, figures of speech, and gesture)
Polly Mills and Germania Solórzano, Presenters

Your students can take on challenging text, comprehending and communicating big ideas using the same techniques as the authors of Neurocomic. In this workshop, we will practice techniques of metaphor, seeing in the mind, gestural seeing, point of view (including vantage point and distance), improvisation, movement, and oral telling as approaches toward comprehension. We’ll present our understanding and interpretation as skits, songs, drawings, or sculpture, culminating in writing. — Workshop Description for YAL 2014


Unit Template

Neurocomic: The Power of Metaphor - Unit Resources on Google