World Lit: Writing a Literary Analysis Essay, day 2

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: Chinua Achebe discusses Africa 50 years after Things Fall Apart.

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 will be drafting the essay. I wasn’t able to get computers for you (thanks, EOC testing!) so you’ll be writing by hand. Despite that, do not forget to include your MLA heading and make sure that you use the best possible grammar, spelling, and conventions.

Closing Session: Share out! Would anyone like to share their essay with the class?

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

 

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