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Persepolis: A Window to The World
My students need 35 copies of the boxed set of the graphic novels Persepolis 1 and Persepolis 2, by Marjane Satrapi.
My students need a window to the world. They need to hear true stories about the lives of individuals in other cultures.
My students understand, appreciate, and respect the freedoms provided to them by the United States Constitution.
However, their respect is tempered by their coming-of-age in a mostly homogeneous population of classmates in a central Wisconsin school in a country built on individual rights.
The graphic novels Persepolis I and II, by Marjane Satrapi, detail the riveting true story of a young girl growing up during the Islamic revolution in Iran. Intelligent and outspoken, Marjane must navigate increasing political repression beginning in kindergarten and following to her post-university days. This heart-wrenching and beautifully illustrated graphic novel will help my students meet Common Core Standards related to nonfiction and multiculturalism as well as Advanced Placement standards related to interpreting visual texts. It will also immerse them in the history of Iran and Islam.
Most importantly, this book will connect my teenagers to a resilient teenager who grew up in a world much different than theirs.
Through the power of words and images, they will see how history can intertwine with and shape an individual life. My ultimate hope is that they will begin to view themselves not only as people shaped by history but as shapers of history as well.
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