LD: Alternative Book Report for Persepolis
Instructions for Grade Eight Literature Class:
Now that we have studied graphic novels and their strengths and weaknesses, we will take our perspectives back to our understanding of Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. We have followed the plot in class, and you all have finished reading the book.
Now, we will be taking our understanding of illustrating plot points with visuals and graphics to deepen our connection to the story. We will create a through-line of the story of Persepolis.
Here are your steps:
1) Consider the first chapter, its main idea and its details. Think about how the chapter title and accompanying visual help tell the story.
2) Now, create an alternative title and an accompanying visual that you think captures the chapter as well as the author’s choice. For example:
First chapter: The Veil
Alternative: The Prophet (either copy a picture of Marji as a prophet, or create your own idea of a prophet image.) Provide a short explanation of why you think this title reflects the chapter.
1) Take a look at the chapter headings in the book. Here is a list –
The Veil The Bicycle The Water Cell Persepolis The Letter
The Party The Heroes Moscow The Sheep The Trip
The F-14s The Jewels The Key The Wine The Cigarette
The Passport Kim Wilde The Shabbat The Dowry
2) Now choose two more chapters from the book that you think help tell the story in three chapter headings. Change the titles for your second and third choices as you did for the first chapter. Provide visuals and a short explanation as above.
3) Put all three alternative chapter headings and visuals together, with explanations underneath, like captions. We will have a class display of the storyboard of chapters with everyone’s artwork.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Anticipated difficulties: finding another interpretation of the chapter that captures the main idea. Guidance will be given during initial brainstorming before doing at home.
Persepolis Alternative Chapter Headings Rubric
|Capturing Main Idea||Illustrates the pieces of plot as they are tied together in the story chapter||Finds some elements of the plot of the chapter||Has difficulty finding the underlying thread of chapter that links to rest of the plot|
|Showing the Title||Finding a way to communicate the title efficiently||Has an effective idea that is partially executed||Has gotten off track in the visual representation|
|Tying the Plot Together||Picks effective chapters that capture the flow of the story||Has some success in following the plot throughline||Has some distractions from the underlying plot through-line|
|Is able to tie the visuals to an effective alternative to the ones chosen by the author that reflect overall story||Has a partial grip on the overall and details of the story as they fit together with visual representations||Details of story have sidelined connection between visuals and the story as it unfolds|