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Working, the Graphic Novel
by Harvey Pekar, adapted from Stud's Terkel

 

YAL Presenter Unit 2015/2016

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2015, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Polly Mills and Valerie Xanos


What makes this a good YAL choice...

This book explores the world of work. It honors individuals from all walks of life. It honors the human struggle. It honors voice. It exemplifies the rewards of listening carefully and asking good questions. It invites curricular units that include interviewing, blogging, using audio and video recording, portraiture in a variety of visual media, including drawing, painting, and photography, collecting oral histories and ethnographies, and in a unit that may focus on story development, developing characters, dialogue interaction, and sense of place and time. WFMT is partnering with the Chicago History Museum to make 50,000 of Terkel’s audio recordings digital and online. — Polly Mills

 


YAL Conference Workshop Description
Dignifying the Other: Portraiture in the Classroom
Polly Mills and Valerie Xanos

Harvey Pekar, genius author of American Splendor, adapted 16 of the interviews in Studs Terkel’s iconic Working into the text of this graphic novel and invited 16 comic illustrators to each draw one chapter. The voices of the interviewees live on these pages, and Studs pokes his illustrated mug and mic into the corners of the pages from time to time to introduce the speakers. The interviews represent a range of jobs and voices--folks of all ages and social and ethnic backgrounds--to explore what it means to work in America at a particular moment in our history. This graphic novel brings dignity to work and the human voice. Exemplifying the rewards of listening carefully and asking good questions, the book invites curricular units that include interviewing, blogging, using audio and video recording, portraiture in a variety of visual media, including drawing, painting, and photography, collecting oral histories and ethnographies, and focus on story development, developing characters, dialogue interaction, and sense of place and time.

In this workshop, we'll be exploring portraiture, beginning with Terkel's interviews, which, because of his extraordinary listening, breach the genre to become sound portraits. We'll consider portraits across several genres, including drawing, painting, photography, and writing. What opportunities does creating portraits offer as students develop skills of listening, observation, and inquiry? What is the value of moving past empirical information toward the intuitive and personal in your classroom?

Workshop Description for YAL 2015

Documents

Dignifying the Other - Slide Show

Teachers' Reflections on Portraiture and Dignifying the Other in the Classroom

Unit Template for Dignifying the Other: Portraiture in the Classroom

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