Scar tissue

Kiedis, Anthony

Publication date:

Kiedis, A., & Sloman, L. (2004). Scar tissue. New York: Hyperion.




This text is a autobiography by a man named Anthony Kiedis who happens to be the lead singer of a very famous band called the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The name of the band he is involved in is enough to get student in the 10th grade interested. He writes about how is fast paced lifestyle was a roller coaster to say the least. A son to a drug dealer in the 60’s and 70’s and college drop out he  writes about the struggles he’s had and how it has effected his life for the best and for the worst. The biggest moral of this book is everyone can struggle to addiction even at the top of the world in one of the biggest bands of the 90’s. By the end of the book Anthony shifts gears to his path to recovery and its becomes a moving story from a role model figure to some american students.


The readability of this publication on the Flesch-Kincaid scale is on a 8th grade level, which i think is a good somewhat challenging read for some of the weaker readers while still intriguing the more advanced readers because of the nature of the author and the famous nature of him. The readability is on a 8th grade level somewhat because of the low syllable per word(1.3) but it has a 21.5 word per sentence as well so it challenges comprehension.

Use in Class

I would assign chapters of this book due to some of the content and language used but i believe the connection that could be made to students through this book would be inspiring. Chapter reviews and assessments such as quizzes and test would be used, I also could use this book as way to connect the dots of drug abuse becoming a problem, Anthony almost lost everything when his drug abuse became more important then everything he worked so hard for his whole life and at the publication of the book had been 4 years sober.

Unit Focus


Submitted by Christian Kelley

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