Tan, S. (2006). The arrival. London, UK: Hodder & Stoughton.
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction
Suggested Grade: 6-12
By looking at the cover and reading some background information about the book that this would be very detailed because it took nearly five (5) years to complete. This book’s illustrative details were amazing because it was like scenes from a movie. I thought that the illustrations brought really great insight into how an immigrant might feel when they visit a new country for the first time. Because of this, I believe that this book is not meant for younger readers because they might not grasp the complete concept of this book.
Although I have never been an immigrant, I have traveled to countries where I do not know the language, and things just seemed so different to me than compared to home. I can only imagine that emigrating to live in a new country must feel even more confusing. The issues raised in this book portray issues that many others may have felt when being in a place they’ve never experienced before. When reading this book I think that some prompts you could use when reviewing this book with children is to imagine themselves in a place they’ve never been before or to write about a place they’ve never been before and how confusing it may be, and how it made them feel.
Although I have never been a big fan of graphic novels, I will say that this book was one of my favorites because of the illustrations and how they were drawn more realistic, and the color of the illustrations as well. I thought that the plot, theme and style depicted what seemed like a silent movie, portraying how immigrants may have felt. I think that because there were no words written in the book it can give the reader a sense of pride flipping through the pages and discovering themselves what the story is telling.
Objective: After reviewing The Arrival, students will write dialogue for a scene of their choice with correct punctuation, grammar, structure, and using descriptive details.
Behavior- will write dialogue for a scene of their choice
Condition- after reviewing The Arrival
Degree- with correct punctuation, grammar, structure, and using descriptive details.
What do you think the main character is feeling during his emigration?
Can you think of a specific time where you felt “out of place”? Maybe you didn’t recognize the languages or buildings you were looking at.
How did that experience make you feel?
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Activity: Students will choose a scene from the book and write a narrative including dialogue for for that particular scene. They are to put themselves in the book writer’s “shoes” and write a scene from the book themselves.
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Writing Projects – http://www.nwp.org.uk/using-shaun-tans-the-arrival.html
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