World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 8


Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: I can cite evidence to support my opinion of Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: VOCAB QUIZ!!!

Work Session: We are finishing the book today!! I would like you to read chapter 23-the end of the book on your own. As you read, consider how it ends, and then, let’s take a look at this ending:

“As he walked back to the court he thought about that book. Every day brought him some new material. This story of a man who had killed a messenger and hanged himself would make interesting reading. One could almost write a whole chapter on him. Perhaps not a whole chapter but a reasonable paragraph, at any rate. There was so much to include, and one must be firm in cutting out details. He had already chosen the title of the book, after much thought: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.”

Okay, so there are a few questions I want you to consider:

  1. Why is it ironic that the Commissioner at the end of the book thinks that Okonkwo’s life would make “a reasonable paragraph” in his book?
  2. Why is it ironic that Achebe includes the phrase “one must be firm in cutting out details”?
  3. What do you think the title of the Commissioner’s proposed book reveals about Things Fall Apart?

After you consider these questions, put yourself in the mindset of the Commissioner and write the “reasonable paragraph” about Okonkwo’s life. Consider all the grand and epic details you know about his life, his culture, his mindset, and then consider how the Europeans came and destroyed so much of what Okonkwo and his people held dear. How would you distill all that into a “reasonable paragraph” from the conquering European’s perspective?

Closing Session: Share out!

Assessment: Informal (paragraph check)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)



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