Read “The Best Kids’ Books are Wrien in Blood” and write a thesis in defense of Alexie’s portrayal of darker themes (like death) in his YA novel True Diary.
Read “The Best Kids’ Books are Wrien in Blood” and write a thesis
Read “The Best Kids’ Books are Wrien in Blood” and write a thesis in defense of Alexie’s portrayal of darker themes (like death) in his YA novel True Diary. This *is* a novel for children, but you are arguing for the merit of his not simply portraying the theme of death, but how he portrays and uses it in his story being beneficial in some way. The way he does it, in other words, maers; your thesis is more than arguing for the fact that technically, he can write whatever he wants in his books and say they are for children (because that’s obvious.)
P1: Introduce your claim in defense of the book by briefly paraphrasing the controversy he addresses in the article.
P2: In his article, he defends his work by arguing that real children have shown how much the books mean to them not despite but because of the strife portrayed within, since they have gone through dark times themselves. In this paragraph, paraphrase this reason and back it up with an explanation of how you would estimate a young reader of this book today would understand what it is about generally, and one element of death or violence within the book specifically. Again, you can use yourself despite not being a child. In other words: could kids be hurt by this? Why not?
P3: Alexie also argues that children already know about these things, are “ready” and need to hear about them, and that he is really wring to, in a way, a version of himself from the past, a younger version who needed a friendly voice to help him deal with these sorts of events. In this paragraph, paraphrase this reason and write about a second of the book that you think could help a young adult deal with something insurmountable in their own life, and why. (What about children who, thankfully, haven’t had to deal with something like this in their own life? Could it not help them, too?)
P4: Lastly, the fact that a majority of these child readers are of color or represent minority communities comes into his defense as well, since they are the ones who need the most help and support in this regard.
Write about a part of the book where race and violence or death intersects, and how the book could help a young reader beer deal with or understand this complexity. On the other hand, if the reader is ‘white,’ could it help with their empathy towards those who are suffering? How? (REFER to the book specifically.)
P5: Conclude your piece with a brief recap of why you agree with Alexie.