Welcome to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. This institute is dedicated to your development both academically and in regards to your mutant abilities. While you may be anxious to begin learning about your abilities and how to properly use and control them; we pride ourselves on providing our students with high quality education. Below you will find the required reading list for your first semester at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters; please make sure you acquire your texts before the beginning of classes next week.
2015 Required Reading List by Course and Professor
Professor Kitty (Katherine) Pryde (Shadowcat) – Computer Science
- Secret Coders
You will learn basic coding with the help of Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes. This graphic novel helps teach basic coding by incorporating it into the story of two young students who discover a mysterious school unlike anything they’ve seen before. With their knowledge of coding they must use clues and solve puzzles in order to discover the secrets of Stately Academy.
Professor Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) – Drama
- King Lear
This semester you will be focusing on the works of William Shakespeare, in particular King Lear. While you will be performing this as a play at the end of the semester, a better understanding of the play will be gained by studying Ian Pollack’s Illustrated King Lear. Pollack’s surreal illustration of one of Shakespeare’s more popular plays captures the story in a way that makes you feel like you’re actually experiencing the play on stage; allowing the reader to gain a better understanding of the sometimes hard to grasp language of Shakespeare.
Professor Hank McCoy (Beast) – Sciences
This semester you will be focusing on learning about the brain. With the use of Neurocomic by Hana Roš and Matteo Farinella, you will take an illustrated look at the inner workings of the brain in a combination of basic neuroscience and psychology. The topic of neuroscience can be difficult to comprehend, so the storyline and illustrations in Neurocomic will put a fun twist on a complicated topic. There’s a squid holding a rocket ship on the cover… kids like that sort of thing right?
Professor Emma Frost – English & Ethics
- Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation
In this semester we will be taking on a very complex work of literature that involves principles of ethics as well as exploring topics in philosophy. In order to make this reading more enjoyable and easier to comprehend we will be using Seymour Chwast’s summarized and illustrated version of the classic work which has Dante and Virgil donning trench coats and fedoras while exploring the realms of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
Professor Logan (Wolverine) – History
With the help of the following two graphic novels, this semester we will be exploring very important topics and periods in history.
- March: Book One
With the help of Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, you will learn about the life of Congressman John Robert Lewis; his struggle in the fight for civil rights, and the brave activism that solidified his place as a leader of the movement. The first of three books, book one focuses on Lewis’ youth where we will gain perspective on the difficulties faced by African-Americans living in the South during the civil rights movement and a time of segregation.
Using different species of animals to depict racial differences – Jews as mice, Germans as cats, etc. Art Spiegelman gives us a unique glimpse at the WWII era of history. In this documentary-style graphic novel, Spiegelman interviews his father about his experiences as a Jew during the Holocaust . We will use this unique perspective as we study this devastatingly important period.
We are proud to welcome such a talented group of individuals to Xavier’s School this semester and we wish you every success in your training and academics.
Professor Charles Xavier