El Deafo Discussion Questions

August 23, 2016

El Deafo

El Deafo

by Cece Bell

Jackie B’s original book review is found here.

1. What did you think of the book as a whole? Did you like it? Love it? Hate it? What made you lean that way?

2. Have you read a graphic novel before? Did you think this was more or less difficult than reading a typical novel?

3. Why do you think Cece Bell decided to make this story a graphic novel? Did this format help or hinder you in any way?

4. What are the benefits to writing a memoir as a graphic novel? What are the drawbacks?

5. Could you relate to any of Cece’s friend relationships? In what ways to Cece’s friendships make her happy and comfortable? In what ways do these friendships challenge her and provide difficulty?

6. Did this memoir challenge you to view the world any differently? If so, what did you notice? If not, why do you think this was missed for you?

7. The world is obviously configured predominantly for those capable of hearing. How are some of the ways the world is configured challenging for those who are deaf? Where do we see assistance for those who  are deaf?

8. Why do you believe Cece likes daydreaming of being a superhero? Was this as large a part of the story as you expected? How do we see Cece portrayed as a superhero throughout the memoir?

9. How do you take to the title of the book, and Cece’s superhero name: El Deafo? Why?

10. At one point, Cece uses the Sonic Ear to eavesdrop on her teacher. What do you believe children will take away from this? Why is this a defining moment for Cece? How can we teach children from this moment?

10. How does Cece change and grow throughout the book? Can you place yourself in her shoes for any of these situations?

11. Cece does not react well to being taught sign language. This is a common reaction from people in the Deaf Community. Why do you believe she acted this way?




12. What is the message of this story?

13. The audience of this book is intended to be grades 4-9. Do you agree with that assessment? Can this book be read up? Why?

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