Teacher Guide

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Satrapi is an engaging, powerful narrative that is as interesting as a coming-of-age story for Marjane Satrapi as it is a unique window into the life of a typical Iranian in the modern age. Teachers should be advised that it contains some sexual content as well as expletives in Persepolis II: Story of a Return, and disturbing portrayals and accounts of violence and sexual violence. Its designation as a Grade 11-12 book reflects this.

The graphic form of this novel is deceptively simplistic-looking, but students may struggle to comprehend its content on an emotional level. This is a useful book not just as an introduction to a new literary form, the graphic novel, but as an introduction to...

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