X: A Biography of Malcolm X (American Graphic) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-18 
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" Excellent, relatively short graphic novel biography of Malcolm X. " said.

" This book is really good because I like guy how he never gave up " said.

" Streamlined account of Malcolm X's life and impact, using the graphic novel (for non-fiction) approach - works successfully - and creatively sequencing the story to highlight influences and his own evolution of philosophy. " said.

" nearly 50 years have passed since Malcolm X was murdered, and still his message continues to inspire people. The publication of this book proves that,as his story is told in a simple, yet effective way through the graphic novel format.I picked this book up as I was shelving it. I felt it was time to review what I knew about Malcolm X.I finished this book because his story is compelling.I would recommend this to all my students. They should read about the life Malcolm X lead, and learn from him. " said.

"The graphic novel format of this partial biography makes the story of civil rights leader Malcolm X accessible to many young readers. Although the book touches on his childhood and his early introduction to crime, it also describes how he became educated while in prison and was attracted to the Nation of Islam. Years later, a trip to Mecca opened his eyes to the true tenets of the religion, and he became increasingly alienated from Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam. The story is bookended by Malcolms X's fears about his own future since he had angered such a powerful man. This book is sure to spark curiosity in its readers who will want to know more about its subject. " said.

"Brief Review:
This book as is a short biography of the life of Malcolm X. The book hits on the big main points that took place in the short life of Malcolm X. I really liked this book because of the illustrations. The illustrator used a Graphic Novel/Comic Book type illustration sets.

Content Areas:
I would use this book in the classroom to bring up the history of the Civil Rights movement in the United States during the 1960's. I would also use this book to show how peoples beliefs and way of thinking can change for the better. I would have students think about prominent people in history and research them and see if they had the same beliefs through their whole life or if they changed as they grew.

Comprehension Questions:

Q: What was the reason for the change in the thinking and believes of Malcolm X?
A: Malcolm X found out that his leader was not living the way that he preached, also his trip to Mecca showed him that all races of people could get along and eat off the same table.

Q: What event preceded the death of Malcolm X?
A: Malcolm X's house was fire bombed a few weeks before his death.

Student Wonders:

What did Malcolm steal to end up in prison?
Where is Mecca?
What did Malcolm X read in Prison?

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"As I near the age of thirty, I look back and realize that in school, I didn't learn very much about Malcolm X, but learned a lot about Martin Luther King, Jr. This graphic novel provides a very brief summary of Malcolm X's life. Through the captions, it begins on his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964, and flashes back to the major events in his life leading up to his pilgrimage. It covers his time in jail when he was in his twenties and learned that having an education would be his salvation. He learned about the Nation of Islam while in jail, and it's creator, Elijah Muhammad. He met Elijah when he got out of jail and helped increase the Nation of Islam's followers from 4,000 to 400,000. But the message he was preaching was one of continued racism where blacks would rise up and become their own group. When Malcolm X learned of Elijah's infidelity, he created his own group called the Muslim Mosque, and then the Organization of Afro-American Unity. After his pilgrimage to Mecca, he returned to the United States with a new awareness of equality regardless of color. On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was shot 16 times by three individuals who were members of the Nation of Islam.
The graphic novel closes with a one-page summary of Malcolm X, followed by a glossary, more things to read, and internet sites. Perfect short (28 pages) introduction to Malcolm X for late elementary through middle school students.
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" Excellent, relatively short graphic novel biography of Malcolm X. " said.

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