Diana: Princess of the Amazons
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
Illustrated by: Victoria Ying
DC Comics, New York Times bestselling writers Shannon Hale and Dale Hale, and notable illustrator Victoria Ying present middle-level readers, families, and educators with a new graphic novel focused on a young Princess Diana’s life on the legendary island of Themyscira.
Not yet the Wonder Woman of legendary fame, readers of Diana: Princess of the Amazons meet a young and inquisitive eleven-year-old princess. Adventurous and bold, the young Diana observes her mother and all of her aunts pursuing their express purposes in life. But what is Diana’s purpose? Why does she have to go to school?
When another young girl named Mona magically appears on the island of Themyscira, Princess Diana has a new friend her own age! Princess Diana shares her love of Themyscira and her life on the island with Mona, and the two explore the island and learn to trust each other. Will Diana be able to keep her new and unknown friend, even after their adventures lead Diana to think she can and should open “Doom’s Doorway?”
Language Arts Elements of Story
Plot: Eleven-year-old Diana loves growing up with her mother and “aunties” on the picturesque island of Themyscira. The only problem is that she is the only kid on the island, and she wonders what her purpose and future expectations may be in the eyes of her mother and aunties. Her new friend Mona might have some adventurous, new ideas about how she can find out.
Characters: Diana, Amazons, Auntie Dessa, General Antiope, Aunt Lysa, Clio, Mona, Philippus, Athena, the Healer, Hyppolyta, Circe, Lord Opal
Major Settings: Themyscira, Paradise Islands, Doom’s Doorway, Tartarus Jail, the Healing Pools
Themes: Mistakes, Perseverance, Heroism, Isolation and Belonging, Expectations and Standards, Friendship, Birds and Flight
Lesson Plan Recommendations Using the Common Core Standards for Early and Middle School Readers
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
* The number(s) referenced above corresponds to the number used by the Common Core Standards (www.corestandards.com)
In order to document the story’s plot in Diana: Princess of the Amazons early and middle level students can fill out the below graphic organizer focused on how the plot development in the story influences the characters’ decisions and the final story resolution.
Divide the story up into chunks of ten - fifteen pages. Ask students to read the ten - fifteen page chunks of story and then fill out the below graphic organizer.
Dr. Katie Monnin is the author of eight books about teaching pop culture, comic books, and graphic novels in 21st century classrooms. Since 2010 she has written two monthly reviews and two corresponding lesson plans for her Diamond Bookshelf column: "Katie's Korner: Graphic Novel Reviews for Schools & Libraries." In 2018, Dr. Monnin founded "Why so serious? Productions," a consulting business that creates pedagogical materials for 21st century teachers, librarians, and publishers who want to teach pop culture. She served on the San Diego Comic Con jury in 2013, and she frequently travels the nation and the world to discuss teaching with pop culture in 21st century classrooms.