In previous years, I did Persepolis at the end of the year, quickly, in between HSA tests, and after the 9th graders had gained some literary analysis skills.
This year, I'm teaching it at the beginning. I love it, but it's a much harder text than one would suspect. It's often subtle, and, like To Kill a Mockingbird, the protagonist doesn't really get it so we as readers have to step away and examine her from a different perspective. It takes some skills. Add in the fact that we are analyzing pictures as well as words, and this is a challenging text.
I'm teaching the hell out of it and I hope it's getting through. We'll see how the quiz goes tomorrow.
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