Persepolis Seminar Preparations

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SWBAT gather textual evidence to support their analysis of Satrapi's purpose and process in writing Persepolis by completing the seminar preparation guide provided.

Big Idea

To assess students' ability to comprehend the text as a whole, asking them to write and then speak about their analysis is a great way to gauge understanding.


10 minutes

This will be the last official day that students can read their Persepolis books during SSR time, so I will give the students ten minutes to read and then remind them (fervently) that they need to get a true choice text in their hands by next week.

Seminar Preparation Instructions

5 minutes

My final assessment for Persepolis will have two distinct parts. One will be the memoir that students write based on Persepolis as a model text. The second will be a seminar, where students will demonstrate their comprehension of Satrapi's rhetorical strategy for using dichotomies, narrative structure and characterization (RI.9-10.6, RL.9-10.3 and RL.9-10.5).

Students have been preparing for this all along with their dichotomy journals, but to support their thinking, I will hand out the plot note catcher and explain what I would like students to include in each square as they prepare for their final seminar. 

Independent Work Time on Seminar Prep

25 minutes

During this time, I will let students dive into their seminar prep sheet and work on their own. I will wander the classroom and see if anyone has questions or to push them to read more deeply than they might do on their own. I will also encourage them to use as much textual support as they can as that will help them to be more successful on their final seminar (RI.9-10.1).

Seminar Planning Homework Instructions

10 minutes

After giving the students time to work independently, I will let them touch base quickly with their peers reading the same section of text. I will then assign them the homework of filling in a second plot chart note catcher for the book as a whole.