World Lit: Things Fall Apart Essay, Day 1

Welcome back! Let’s write an essay!

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! You have two choices for the prompt:

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

–OR–

  1. Your assignment is to write an analytical essay about Things Fall Apart in which you examine how Chinua Achebe reveals a specific theme over the course of the work. In your essay, analyze how the author initially reveals the theme and explain how this theme is developed over the course of the book, and explain how this theme shapes the meaning of the work as a whole.

So, in other words:

  • Choose a theme.
  • Write about how Achebe shows that theme in Things Fall Apart.
  • Explain how that theme is developed or refined over the course of the novel.
  • Relate that theme to the meaning of the work as a whole.
  • ***As a reminder, a theme is a WHOLE SENTENCE. Do not say the theme is “tradition.” Instead, say a theme is “tradition will always conflict with progress.”

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 begin the essay!

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

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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