Can anyone help with some ideas for a creative assignment on Persepolis? It could be anything like a letter to another character, a speech, a short story, etc. But a letter or short story seems kind of basic so looking for more original and exciting ideas. Thanks!
Persepolis is beautiful in its simple art style yet complex in its political ideas. With these elements in mind here are a few suggestions.
1. Make a play
Have students turn sections of the graphic novel into a play. They can rewrite their section into play format including character lines and stage directions.
Students can also work on the other elements of a play such as costuming. Students could create costumes appropriate to the play with a rational as to why these costumes would be appropriate. If students cannot create the costumes, they could look for draw the costumes of look for images on line and do a write-up about the costumes.
Have students create sets for the play again with a brief write-up about the set and why it is appropriate. If students are unable to actually create the sets, you could have them draw or find images on line of what their sets would look like with a write-up of why it is appropriate.
Students could then perform their section of the play with a brief write-up of how they prepared for the character or why they thought the character took those actions.
2. Puppet show
Taking the same ideas from the suggestion on putting on a play and modify them for a puppet show.
3. Retcon: Retroactive Continuity
Have students, knowing what they know about the text, rewrite and draw a section of the graphic novel with what they think would lead to a better or happier outcome.
Have students imagine that they are part of the Iranian government and it is their job to edit Persepolis removing anything that would put the Iranian government in a bad light. They could write-up, citing the pages and panels, that should be deleted or how they could be edited.