Aside from being a Graphic Novel and accessible to all readers, the book I am Alfonso Jones is one of the finest books for upper schoolers or high schoolers to learn about racial profiling, racial bias, and an unjust justice system. It also addresses the emotional consequences of such a system, clearly showing how communities struggle with their grief over lost loved ones. Alfonso, who was gifted and had a remarkable life ahead of him, was fatally shot, innocent of a “supposed” crime.
The student packet I prepared contains the best of Reading Comprehension Strategies, critical thought provoking questions, internet research, and post reading activities. Students need to become aware of social justice and the challenges people of color face in our society in order to work towards a better future.