Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-6)
Students will meticulously analyze the many different elements of the novel's cover art in order to deepen their understanding of the connection between the work's themes and the cover art that is chosen to underscore these themes.
Visual literacy is a very important skill to foster in today's world and the vivid artwork featured on the cover of William Landay’s novel Defending Jacob provides an excellent opportunity to teach students skills in visual literacy. One edition of the novel features on its cover an enormous fingerprint that appears to loom over the remainder of the cover’s depictions, namely a teenage boy seated on a park bench, isolated from the rest of the town and turned away from the viewer. This version of the novel's cover art alerts the prospective reader to the fact that Defending Jacob is likely a crime novel and that it...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.5, 9-10.10, 11-12.5, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.2(b), 9-10.9, 11-12.2(b), 11-12.9
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