PREAP Persepolis Unit
“Once again, I arrived at my usual conclusion: one must educate oneself.”
― Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
With focusing on the MYP Global Context of identities and relationships and continuing our year long quest to discuss the single story, our main inquiry questions are centered on how does warfare, extremism, and revolution affect children growing up. There will be a strong emphasis on the connection to A Long Way Gone and Cultural Revolution in China. Through analysis of a graphic novel, we will also ask ourselves how does the single story affects Marji in Persepolis, how our single stories shape the way we think of Islam and the Middle East, and how do we reshape our perspectives about certain cultures that promote understanding and acceptance. As a class, we will cultivate an understanding that this graphic novel is not the only story of Muslim life in Middle East; this is one girl's experience, and we will recognize this as one of our many stories to form our knowledge of a culture and religion some of us may be unfamiliar with. In order to break down some barriers about and begin our understanding of Islam, we will watch episodes of No Reservations and 30 Days. There will also be study of the historical and cultural context of Iran, the Iranian Revolution, and hijab.