Alaska

John Green Videos, with a caveat– As I tell the students, John Green is the author of the book in question, so he has some understandably strong opinions about it. He makes no bones about his opinions in these videos, and students are welcome to take that with a grain of salt. What I find useful in the classroom setting–and what I want them to hone in on as well–is his description of why the scene exists in the novel and–as a result–what the ultimate message of the novel is.

The second video is more contemporary (and perhaps refined as a result), and responds specifically to Alaska becoming the most commonly banned book in the US in the year 2015.

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