World Lit: Writing a Literary Analysis Essay

Today’s Block Schedule: 1-2-4-3

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I can write a literary analysis of Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Crash Course Literature: Things Fall Apart, Part II:

Work Session: Today we are going to start working on our first writing assignment for this unit, a literary analysis! Here’s the prompt:

Your assignment is to write an analytical essay about Things Fall Apart in which you examine a character’s response to the cultural collision caused by the introduction of Western ideas into Ibo culture. In your essay, analyze how the collision challenges the character’s sense of identity, and explain how his or her response shapes the meaning of the work as a whole.

So, in other words:

  • Choose a character
  • Write about how they reacted to the Europeans showing up and destroying their culture
  • Specifically focus on how the character’s sense of identity was affected
  • Relate the character’s reactions to the meaning of the work as a whole.

Today you’ll be prewriting. In your Springboard book on page 279 you will find a long list of prewriting questions. I would like for you (on your own paper) to address each thing on this prewriting checklist, and check it off as you complete each question/task.

Tomorrow we write the essay!

Closing Session: Share out! Which character are you writing about?

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)


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