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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.

Participation Guidelines

  1. 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.
  2. The project can be completed individually or in groups.
  3. 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.


Approved Topics

  1. Write/illustrate a new chapter to be included in Persepolis. It can take place at any point after the first chapter, “The Veil.”

  2. 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.

  3. 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.