Pride & Prejudice
Written by: Jane Austen and Nancy Butler
Illustrated by: Hugo Petrus
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Format: Softcover, 120 pages, Full Color, $12.99
Lesson plan by Dr. Katie Monnin
Astoundingly faithful and respectful to Jane Austen's original Pride & Prejudice, Marvel’s graphic novel version of the literary classic is sure to appeal to a new generation of young readers. Adapted by Nancy Butler and Hugo Petrus this full-color adaptation responsibly captures the tone of Austen's original text, and complements it with some of the most elegant comic artwork to envision a literary classic to date. I highly recommend this graphic novel to English Language Arts educators.
As an English Language Arts educator myself, I am thrilled to report that there are a number of ways I could use this graphic novel in my classroom. For instance, it would fare well if paired with Austen's original text. It would also fare well on its own, as a modern, retelling of the literary classic. On a more specific level, I have often felt that my students have a hard time understanding (or differentiating) between the different personalities within the Bennet family. In the graphic adaptation, modern readers can rely on the two dominant literacies of our current time in history, print-text literacies and image literacies, to better understand Austen’s characterizations. Mrs. Bennet's boisterous and often-embarrassing public outbursts are especially striking and well-handled.
Some Teaching Recommendations For Middle School & High School English Language Arts
Suggested Alignment to the IRA /NCTE Standard(s):*
- standard #s correspond to the numbers used by IRA/NCTE
1. Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
2. Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.
3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts.
Suggested Reading Strategies:
1. Know-Wonder-Learn chart (Ogle, 1986)*
·Objective: to build student schema from reading print-text literacies to reading print-text and image literacies together.
·Objective: to compare this graphic novel with another literary work, perhaps by theme.
3. The Literate-Eye (Monnin, 2010)*
·Objective: to teach students to identify and be able to label the elements of story in graphic novels.
*Monnin, K. (2010). Teaching Graphic Novels. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House.
NCTE/IRA. (1996). Standards for the English Language Arts. Urbana, IL: NCTE.
*Ogle, D. (1986). KWL: A teaching model that develops active reading of expository text. The Reading Teacher 32, 564-570.
Katie Monnin, PhD, is an assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida and author of Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom (2010) from Maupin House. To learn more about Teaching Graphic Novels or Katie Monnin, please go to this link: http://www.maupinhouse.com/monnin.php.