Using Graphic Novels to Explore Our World – A Study of Persepolis
9thand 10th grade English Language Acquisition students worked together this week to deepen their understanding of the elements of graphic novels and the realities of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
We seek to know:
- How graphic novelists can share rich and important stories by merging text and art.
- How the conventions of graphic novels work together to tell a story.
- How the Islamic Revolution changed every aspect of daily life for the people of Iran.
- How graphic novels differ from other types of texts.
- How to create a graphic novel of our own.
For two days, students diligently engaged each other and the story to develop their oral and visual presentations. Today, a representative from each group delivered their final speech. Both teams gave in depth examinations of the political realities and narrator’s character in Persepolis as shown through the conventions of graphic novels that the writer selected.
Completing this collaboration has helped the students to prepare for their final projects – to create a graphic novel of their own and to deliver an informative speech. This project will combine the research they are doing in Humanities on Imperialist movements in history with their English work and culminate in a story to educate and entertain and a speech to inform an audience of their peers.