AYA LIFE IN YOP CITY PDF

Price: Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-colo In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such books in classrooms. It is also an exploration of class and gender politics of s Abidjan. The reader is a passive observer of the actions as they unfold, the subplot stories of the various characters are told through limited narrative full of slang and Ivorian references along with bright colorful images, giving the story a very real and local feel.

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Price: Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-colo In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such books in classrooms. It is also an exploration of class and gender politics of s Abidjan. The reader is a passive observer of the actions as they unfold, the subplot stories of the various characters are told through limited narrative full of slang and Ivorian references along with bright colorful images, giving the story a very real and local feel.

Aya balances the nostalgic power of the Ivory Coast in the s with the personal drives, aspirations, and habits of its characters. This is a book for mature teens, as it deals with college dreams, teenage pregnancies, and infidelities. It weaves stories of female objectification and of class differences in the small working class suburb. While mature content may cause some concern, this book provides a fascinating look at a different culture, in which diversity was frowned upon and women and men had distinct roles, and an era during which women began to hope for more.

Aya: Life in Yop City themes include: The tugs of friendship as Aya, Benton, and Adjoua find themselves wanting and expecting different things from their lives. While Aya wants to break stereotypes and go to medical school, Adjoua finds herself pregnant and faces life as a single mother, and Bintou hopes to find a rich Frenchman to take her away from the quiet life of Abidjan to the more fashionable and exciting life of Paris; The status of women in the Ivory Coast and the challenges the young women face in their quest to advance their lot and roles; The struggles of men to preserve their roles as women strive for greater rights and freedoms; The importance and frailties of loyalty, friendship, family, and commitment; The role of class and gender in Abidjan; The challenges of dealing with unwanted pregnancies; The stresses and the comforts of strong families and small communities.

Aya, aged 19, is the oldest of a large family living in the working-class suburb of Abidjan on the Ivory Coast. She, unlike any of her friends, is a serious student who studies hard in the hope of doing well enough to get into medical school. Her two friends, Bintou and Adjoua, are more typical of Abidjan teens. They are resting their hopes for the future in finding a man, marrying, and raising a family. Bintou, in particular, has high hopes for snaring first Moussa, the son of a wealthy merchant, or a Frenchman who will take her to Paris.

The cast of characters is somewhat large and it may take some time to keep everyone straight, but there is a very helpful chart of characters in the front of the books. As the book opens, we learn that it is summer holidays, and Bintou and Adjoua are intent of going to all the parties they can.

They also frequent the Maquis, an inexpensive open-air restaurant with music and room to dance when open. This causes a great deal of friction with Bintou, who must now find another love interest. As the story weaves its tales and subplots, the girls work at easing the tensions and hurts that the developing and intersecting love triangles create.

This illuminates this very distinct time period in African history. Before the soon-to-follow political and economic upheaval, Yop City in the s was an exciting and hopeful time, an exception to the mostly negative changes occurring in Africa. This story reflects this hope. It seems that Aya alone is searching for better answers.

We learn about how difficult life in this suburb is for everyone and how each of the characters tries to make do. The planning, preening, and deceptions keep coming, making this book a fast read. While the story is engaging, its richness lies in the art and in the depth of its characters. Moussa, the son of a wealthy merchant, lives with his domineering, over-nurturing mother and unsympathetic father in a large peachy-pink house that dramatically sticks out from all others.

Then there is Herve, the only decent male character, who lacks any self-confidence and walks around hunched over throughout the book. Aya shows her friends and her parents that the old way is not necessarily the best way.

How might they be growing together or growing apart based on their different goals? Plot and chart each of the subplots. Evaluate what is told through prose and what is revealed through images in each of the subplots. Evaluate how difficult it was for Herve, who felt so different from the others.

Evaluate the friendships between the three girls. How were they different? Why were they such good friends? Discuss how Aya and her mother were similar and different, especially when it came to dealing with Ignace and his infidelities. For example: p. Would you consider them good parents? Loving parents? Why or why? Do you think this is a productive angle for selling beer? Language, Literature and Language Usage Search, find, and discuss the use of metaphor throughout the book.

Search and discuss the use of slang, idiom, imagery, and humor. Compare and contrast this image and commercial description to what a television and commercial image in your city in might have looked like. There are many cultural references to the s. For example these are just a few, there are many : p. Discuss the roles of Ivorian men and women in the s, citing specific examples from the text. Discuss the role French culture played on Ivory Coast.

For example, Parisian styles are frequently mentioned as is that fact that young men and women often go to Paris to seek their fortunes, but many come back. The Ivory Coast was a French colony.

Research various African colonies or Caribbean colonies and how the colonizing country influenced their culture. In some instances, instead of using multiple colors, there are spreads where a single color dominates the images for example: on pp.

Discuss why some pages are multicolored and others are drawn heavily in single colors. Discuss how Oubrerie uses color and panel design to illustrate flashbacks. Discuss how effective his method is. As noted in the introduction, however, there are no doubt, classrooms that will be well served with the content, language and structure of this story, as well as its glimpse at life in the s Ivory Coast.

In discussing how this book meets CCSS, I will be using the Common Core Anchor Standards for College and Career Readiness for Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening to help guide interested educators: Knowledge of Language: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

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Supposedly Aya, by being about the every day lives of young middle class women I read the introduction uncomfortably. Supposedly Aya, by being about the every day lives of young middle class women who are worried about family infidelity and finding love but not about where their next meal is going to come from or whether the state they live in will collapse, works against stereotypes about Africa, but if the setting is presented as an exception, thanks to "Western" influence, then that only reinforces some of the most pernicious stereotypes "Westerners" have about exploited countries and people: that "Western" influence is good for exploited countries, that "universal" means "Western" or "just like us [Westerners]", that a story must be "universal" to be relevant and interesting But, with that said, actually I really enjoyed the book. While the supplementary material at the back of the book suggested it had been written for non-Ivoirians, and the interview with Marguerite Abouet suggests that it represents a world seen through nostalgia both because she is writing about her childhood and because she is writing about a time remembered as a "golden age" although it was unsustainable from the start, based on a quick cash-out rather than real development if I can use such a loaded word , it certainly seems real and interesting, if you like soap opera, or, I guess, Nollywood my experience of which is limited , or, well, gossip. I certainly had to keep turning the pages to see what was going to happen, sometimes feeling a little bit unsure as to whether the part of myself being nourished might be one, as DFW wrote , better left unfed.

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The Graveyard Book Case Study: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based of focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation; gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of teach source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism; draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. This lite kinda a soap opera type book, they dangle ypp issues in front of you that are just issues and characters just seem to deal with them and not make a big ayya, which I felt was annoying. Aya of Yop City — Wikipedia Nevertheless, Aya also has some problems of her own — a secret her father Ignace has been hiding for a long time has the power to destroy her family. I greatly appreciated reading the book. JOE is on the front lines! The Secrets come out. Theirs is a moment of burgeoning freedom, and a large part of the fun of this book is watching ypp the young women contend with the values of their parents and elders while forging their own identities in a rapidly changing social and economic landscape.

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Aya: Life in Yop City

Frustrated with the limitations of the young adult fiction market, Abouet set out to do something different. The quotidian nature of the stories in Aya of Yop City counters heavily with common conceptions and representation of African life, such as famine, civil war and unhinged wilderness. All of the characters are connected by the main character, Aya, as she assists and helps them through their various dilemmas and daily issues. The book begins with the birth of the son of Moussa and Adjoua. He begins to work for his father. His father seems to be very hard on him, but at the same time Moussa is extremely lazy and does not really do much.

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