Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis”

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Writing Prompt: Persepolis is a uniquely true story of a young woman “coming of age” during wartime. What can we as readers learn from this story? In a five-paragraph essay, describe the central theme (lesson, message) of this graphic novel. Include textual details from the story to back up your ideas.

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

You may also choose to use the following texts below in your essay:

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Essay Prompts for “Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros

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Essay Writing Prompts – Choose one of the following:

  1. In Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros explores the connections between gender, culture and language and its impact on our identity. Choose one or more of the following short stories listed below. What is the theme (lesson/message) or recurring themes of these stories? Explain using textual details.
  2. How does Sandra Cisneros challenge stereotypes of Latina women in her stories from Woman Hollering Creek? Explain using examples from the texts below.
  3. Gloria Anzaldúa once wrote in Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, that “To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.” How are the characters in Cisneros’s stories living in the “borderlands” of language, gender and culture? Explain using examples from the texts.

Choose one or more of the following short stories from Woman Hollering Creek:

  • “Eleven” (6)
  • “Barbie-Q” (14)
  • “One Holy Night” (27)
  • “My Tocaya” (36)
  • “Woman Hollering Creek” (43)
  • “Never Marry a Mexican” (68)
  • “Bien Pretty” (137)

You may also choose to use the following texts below in your essay:

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

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Night, Maus and the Holocaust

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“[Anne Frank’s] voice was preserved, out of the millions that were silenced…[She] has outlasted the shouts of the murderers and has soared above the voices of time” – Ernst Schnabel

Essay Writing Prompt: Ernst Schnabel wrote of Anne Frank, “Her voice was preserved, out of the millions that were silenced…[She] has outlasted the shouts of the murderers and has soared above the voices of time” (110). The same could be said of Night author, Elie Wiesel.

For those that experienced the Holocaust, why was it so important for them to tell their stories? How has the Holocaust affected the identity of the Jewish people? In a well-developed essay, discuss the effects of the Holocaust and the importance of the survivors bearing witness by telling their stories.

Cite textual evidence from Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical novel, Night, Art Spiegelman’s memoir, Maus, and at least one other Holocaust text to support of your ideas.

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