Common Reading Initiative Project
As an alternative to the essay, students may elect to complete a designated project related to the common read. For the 2017-18 academic year, the designated project will be a new, original chapter for the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
- Students must inform their instructors if they plan to participate in the CRI project assignment (instead of the essay) by the September 19 class meeting.
- The project can be completed individually or in groups.
- Students may collaborate on the project in groups of up to 3 people. The groups must be approved by the instructor by the September 19 class meeting.
Write/Illustrate a new chapter of Persepolis. The chapter must be a minimum of 8 pages in length. Each page must be an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. Each page must be numbered. Do not bind or staple the sheets together.
- Write/illustrate a new chapter to be included in Persepolis. It can take place at any point after the first chapter, “The Veil.”
- Persepolis is written from the perspective of Marjane as she is growing up in a middle class Iranian family. One chapter, “The Letter,” discusses the family’s maid, Mehri. Rewrite/illustrate this chapter from Mehri’s perspective.
- In many ways, Persepolis is an introduction to Iran and its culture from the perspective of a child. Write/illustrate a chapter from a graphic novel in which you explain aspects of American culture to someone from another country. Use a recent event or issue as a backdrop for the chapter.