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ROAD 7: Side Trip

Reading Opens All Doors

Emoticons Retell

Using emoticons, retell the plot line of a YA book that you have read recently.

Try to limit the number of emoticons that you use, so that the retell is brief, accurate and informative.



Colour, Symbol & Image


Choose a book that you have read recently and know well.

Select a colour that best represents the core mood, theme and idea of the book.

Select a symbol that best represents the core idea or theme of the book.

Choose an image that best represents the core idea or theme. 

In all three cases, justify and explain your choice and highlight the connection with the book that you have chosen.

Share your thinking with a partner or, the rest of the class.



Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover


Select a book cover to explore and analyse from the YA shelves, or, search on Google, or take a photo of a cover with your ipad.

Look carefully at elements of: colour, font, style, images etc...that have been selected for the cover.

What clues are there to indicate what the book is about? Consider genre and plot line.

Does the cover entice or deter the reader? Explain and justify your reasons.

What marketing strategies have been used? 

Share what you have discovered with a partner and the rest of the class.






Graphic Novels


Select a graphic novel from the collection.

“Every part of each frame plays a role in the interpretation of the text, and hence, graphic novels actually demand sophisticated readers.”

With this quote in mind, discuss the codes at work on a page of your choice.

Technical codes - Camera angels (high, low, eye level), camera shot (long shot, medium shot, close up, extreme close up), layout, sequencing, framing, lighting, juxtaposition, shapes

Written codes - Speech bubbles, font style, upper of lower case, narrative, captions, onomatopoeia.

Symbolic codes - Colours, objects, costumes, body language, setting.


Verbally outline your thoughts on what you have discovered about graphic novels and link it to the above quote.




With a partner choose a YA book that you both know well. 

Identify the main themes and climax of the story in order to create a headline, similar to a newspaper headline, that summarises and captures what you believe is significant and important to the story.

Share your Headlines and provide the reasoning behind your choice, promoting different perspectives.

Group the class Headlines together and display them with the YA books that they match.