Reflection: Co-Teaching How Does Historical Context Influence a Story and Other Burning Questions - Section 2: Social Studies Connections Discussion


First of all, this section took WAY longer than anticipated, so I had to shift some things around in later the reflections to see how I punted with time.

Second of all, this is one, of many, great bonus of team-teaching. Persepolis uses the Iranian revolution as a backdrop for Marjane's coming of age memoir. The war is very complicated and she, as the narrator, chooses to allude to very specific historical events, very briefly. This can confuse the students as they have a hard time differentiating what is essential for understanding the narrative and what is nice to know information about the historical context. In a perfect world, I would have time to teach the historical value of this memoir in as much detail as I teach the style and craft. Enter the amazing Mr. Madole. 

After conversation about his need to introduce the APPARTS reading strategy and my need to teach a little historical background, we agreed to team-teach a lesson using his strategy and a piece that was related to Persepolis.

We used the article on the Iran/Iraq way to model the reading strategy, which they seemed to grasp fairly readily. They did very well, so we decided to take a little more time than planned to ask them to make connections to the novel by looking for panels that specifically matched what the article was talking about. I used this, and my quizzes, to inform my plan for their final assessment. I decided to do a seminar based on a close reading on the last 10 sections of the book so that they could apply their background knowledge and try to come the conclusion that the historical context is actually one of Satrapi's literary devices. We'll see how it goes...

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How Does Historical Context Influence a Story and Other Burning Questions

Unit 2: Narrative Reading and Writing: Persepolis and Memoir
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze the importance of using of specific details in memoir by comparing the story of the Iraqi bombing of Tehran as it appears in Persepolis and in a history source and then applying similar techniques in their own writing.

Big Idea: A skilled author uses historical details to ground his or her narrative. Asking students to identify how authors do this will help them to build skills for their own writing toolbox.

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