Alternative Book Report Persepolis Graphic Novel


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:

Part A:

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.

Part B:

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

  Effective Satisfactory Needs Work
 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






One thought on “Alternative Book Report Persepolis Graphic Novel

  1. This looks great, LD!

    I loved Persepolis. I read it as an undergraduate for a course called “Intercultural Communications.” In addition to the war, the monarchy, etc., we discussed class and generational differences.

    Although we mostly read philosophical texts, such as excerpts from Edward Said’s Orientalism and Kwame Appiah’s Cosmopolitanism, besides Persepolis, we read another graphic novel entitled Aya. While comedic and light-hearted, Aya is a political book about life in “the golden time of the Ivory Coast.” So if you enjoyed Persepolis as much as I did, and you’re interested in reading other politically slanted graphic novels featuring strong female protagonists, you should definitely check out Aya.

    Also, if you haven’t seen the film version of Persepolis, I recommend you check it out. The film was written and directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It’s true to the novel, but it differs slightly, in all the right ways. Enjoy!

    Posted by SD

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