Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 9, 2008

Drama High: The Fight

Filed under: "Drama High: The Fight" — Joyce @ 6:33 pm
Just a few things to consider while reading Divine’s work for next week.

There are several kinds of fights that take place in the novel; physical fights, historical fights, emotional fights, sexual fights- which one, would you say, is “THE” fight? Why do you think this fight stands apart from the others?

Throughout the book there are many examples of positive modeling. For instance, on page 125, Jayd says “I don’t really talk about anyone behind their back, but rather I tell people what I feel to their face.” What other behaviors are modeled for readers? What kind of effect can this have on a reader? Is there any reason to believe this book will influence readers to make the same choices?

South Bay High has a problem with racism. Jayd is mysteriously ejected from the AP track every year, and must reassert her course choices. Consider her struggles with the history teacher over the constitution. How does the book counteract this teacher/school racism?

What purpose do the titles of each chapter and quotes from musicians serve? (If any?)

Throughout the book, the characters talk in slang. This makes for difficult reading to someone who does not usually speak in this same way. Consider the opposite- a student who speaks in slang that confronts reading a language that differs from her/his own. Is there a language barrier in the classroom that favors a certain type of student? How can we as teachers bridge that barrier to make the classroom reading experience more equal?

Just a few topics, I’m sure Jonathan will add to this.




  1. Joyce, very good questions for us to think about for TH’s class. I’m interested in comparing Novisha, Jasmine and Jayd! I’m also very interested in how school/teachers are constructed in these novels.

    I was interested to see Divine encouraging readers to form book clubs in the material after the last chapter. Very cool.

    She has a very smart MySpace page. I think the music at the site is making it difficult for me to copy the URL on my old laptop. But if you can post it for the class please do. I’m going to try it again on my office computer. I loved this book. Can’t wait to read the sequels. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 10, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

  2. Joyce, great questions! I had been thinking about which one is actually THE fight of the novel. I’m not sure, but I’m really thinking it’s not the one between Jayd and Trecee.

    Flipping the issue that we may have had with the slang in the novel to students who speak in slang and encounter standard written English is definitely an important topic to discuss.

    Comment by katefrazer — February 12, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

  3. All I can say is that reading Tyrell has really prepared me for the language used in Drama High. I am definately glad that I read Tyrell first!

    Comment by kariredmond — February 13, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

  4. There are plenty of fights throughout, with the history teacher, KJ and Jayd, Jayd and Misty, Trecee and Jayd, etc. The title pretty much sums up the common theme, Jayd must constantly fight in order to survive and become the individual she is meant to be. Like her Mama said, no matter what she will face drama. Also, I thought the lyrics at the beginning of the chapters perfectly summed up the action of each. Very cool stuff (aside from the Limp Bizkit quote… no one ever needs to be reminded that that band actually existed and sold records at one point in time)

    Comment by traverse02 — February 15, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

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