07 Oct Nonfiction Challenge: The Hazardous Tales Series
He began his talk by sharing how he first fell in love with reading. Nathan Hale grew up in a house without a TV and spent many hours drawing while listening to audio books. At this time, there weren’t many texts available on audio and he ran out of stories. Then Nathan found the book, Lonesome Dove, and began to define himself as a reader.
Nathan Hale’s time listening and drawing were well spent. The Hazardous Tales graphic novels are funny, insightful and filled with historical information. The first book in the Hazardous Tales series is a graphic novel about Nathan Hale, the infamous spy during the American Revolution (If you are curious whether the author Nathan Hale is related to Nathan Hale the spy, just click here.)
In the first few pages of One Dead Spy, Nathan Hale is magically transported into “The Big Huge Book of American History” and can now see hundreds of years into the future. This fictional part of the story sets up Nathan Hale as the narrator for all of the Hazardous Tales Graphic Novels. From then on, the graphic novels are historically accurate and tell stories about different events in history.
During reader’s workshop, we will encourage students to explore these texts and think about how Nathan Hale uses a narrator and other characters to share historical information. We can’t wait to hear their conversations about the different points of view of the British soldier and Nathan Hale. We want readers to compare and contrast these texts with other nonfiction books about the same time period. Readers will notice how the structure of the text impacts the information they learn.
As writers, students can read these texts closely and think about how Nathan Hale uses graphica to convey information. We want writers to see that when you write nonfiction text the author thinks about the content s/he is writing and how s/he wants to structure the text.
Students will also notice the “Correction Babies” at the end of this text. The babies provide plenty of facts while also making readers laugh. Nathan Hale even has a section of his own website devoted to the Correction Babies.
We are so thankful Nathan Hale wrote these powerful graphic novels and shared the story of how he became a reader. His story will help other young readers understand that people’s reading lives evolve in many different ways.