Course: World Literatures Unit: Africa (Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe) Becky Rodenburg 02-26-13 Title: KEY TOPICS Lesson Overview Standard 2: Reading for all Purposes 1.f 21st Century Skills Things Fall Apart tells the story of Okonkwo and his inner turmoil between individualism and society. Combined with this are the epic of modernization and the clash of the different cultures—both old and new. There are many themes and symbols that lead the story along. One theme that appears over and over in Achebe's writing is that our perceptions and the stories we tell are shaped by our social and cultural context, and he emphasizes that, "those that have been written about should also participate in the making of these stories" The student will further explore other themes found in Things Fall Apart to analyze different literary components and their effect on the meaning of the text. Analyze how literary components affect meaning 1. 2. Daily Objectives How can multiple events in someone’s life carry a particular theme? Contemporary advertising uses classic and traditional topics and problems to successfully sell goods or services. (Book covers represent a kind of advertising) Students will know: how the difference between themes and how the difference of opinions will change the severity of events in a story. Students will be able to: describe important events, symbols, or themes in Things Fall Apart through drawings and writing. They will be able to act with each other, be creative, and ultimately grasp the effects of different meanings on traditional literary themes in the text by doing rather than studying. Reminders Read a wide range of literature (American and world literature) to understand important universal themes and the human experience Literary and historical influences determine the meaning of traditional and contemporary literary texts Readers like to read multiple perspectives because it causes them to think about their own thinking (metacognition) and be clear about what they really believe. The students will be making new Course: World Literatures Unit: Africa (Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe) Preparation Materials Pre-assessment Anticipatory Set Connection to Previous Learning or Life Agenda for the Board 1. 2. 3. 4. Becky Rodenburg 02-26-13 Five Poster Boards Many Markers Things Fall Apart Groups of Six (or so) Not Necessarily needed for this assignment So far in Things Fall Apart, we have seen how living is controlled by weather, how women hold a bigger role than originally explained, how animal imagery signifies major changes in the culture, and how noise and silence punctuate the narrative at key moments. Can anybody give me an example of: Weather Women Animal Noise Does anybody relate to one season? Why? Is there a very significant woman figure that you have grown up following? What about a pet, or a superstition about black cats, or an animal that symbolizes important things in your life? Do you have a favorite song? DOL Themes in Things Fall Apart Book Cover Activity Presentations Ticket out the door Themes: 1. Role of Weather 2. Women and their power 3. Animal imagery 4. The influence of Noise and Silence Don’t forget to put in personal experiences and how they shape your story. It’s all about choosing one important “image” that represents that specific aspect of your life. This will show the students how they can construct a new book cover by using one image that summarizes what they know so far. Objective: Use what you have read from Things Fall Apart to construct a new cover based on Course: World Literatures Unit: Africa (Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe) Instruction (input) Student Activities Becky Rodenburg 02-26-13 1. Bring up common themes and ask the students if they have any examples of each a. Weather b. Women c. Animal d. Noise 2. Personal Experiences? Does anybody prefer one season? Why? Is there a very significant woman figure that you have grown up following? What about a pet, or a superstition about black cats, or an animal that symbolizes important things in your life? Do you have a favorite song? 3. Have students split into groups based on who is present and who is located in which location 4. Assign one Theme per group and explain what the “Ingredients” are going to be used for 5. PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE!! 6. Have students ask questions that they may have about the process a. Does anyone have any questions about the process or what you are going to do? Possibly have students each use a different color so you can see that each student is participating fully Presentation: Each group will have 2-3 minutes to present their book cover and explain how their book cover represents the theme they were given. the theme you are assigned 1. 5 min 2. 10 min 3. 5. 6. 20 min You will fold your poster board in half like it is a book cover and you will use the “front side” to create a new cover that represents your theme and how it presents itself in Things Fall Apart. On the back cover please provide two quotes from the book where your theme is evident. Under the quote provide two explanations of how these support your theme During these presentations the students need to be doing their ticket out the door and writing if they believe this book cover could or could not be a viable book cover for Things Fall Course: World Literatures Unit: Africa (Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe) Becky Rodenburg 02-26-13 Apart. Closure Post Assessment Students will choose one presentation and write down why they believe that this cover could justify being a “new cover” of the book or why they believe that this cover could not be the cover of the book. Accomodations/Modifications IEP Student: Students needs to participate but can be placed with students that will be gentle with the IEP students’ inputs and ideas. This way they can still participate but will not be overpowered by their fellow peers. These will be confidential and are meant for constructive criticism. These need to be detailed (at least 3 sentences) It would be important to use a Para or TA for IEP students who need to work alone if this is a need.