This is the first of a series of posts based around the graphic novel “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. They are suitable for a wide range of levels (A2 – C2). You will need a copy of the book (or a cheeky pdf).
Each week you set the students a chapter of the book as homework. Each chapter consists of approximately 9 pages and the graphic style makes them easy and quick to read. In graphic novels students are presented with direct speech rather than prose, this helps them to pick up more natural language of expression. Also graphic novels are easier to follow than more traditional stories as much of the story is conveyed by the pictures. This means students are less likely to get lost and give up.
The first 15-20 minutes of the following class will be dedicated to vocabulary issues from the chapter and group discussions based on the themes that arise therein.
First ask students for clarification of any new vocabulary and encourage them to share new vocabulary they have learned at home relating to the chapter.
Chapter 1 discussion questions:
- What happened in chapter one?
- How did the chapter make you feel?
- How would you describe Marji? (Head-strong? Precocious? imaginative?
- What themes and issues are introduced?
- What are your views on single sex schools?
- What are you views on compulsory uniforms of any kind?
- Have you ever taken part in a demonstration? When? Where? What was it for / against?
- Do you think that public demonstrations and protests work?