World Lit: Things Fall Apart Essay, Day 2

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: I wrote the essay I’m asking you to do! I’ve made a copy for everyone, so let’s look at it and see exactly what I’m asking you to do 🙂

Work Session: Today we are going to continue working on our literary analysis essay!

Today you will be drafting the essay. I wasn’t able to get computers for you, 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.

Here are the nitty gritty requirements for the essay:

  • 1000 words – that is at least two pages, front and back, handwritten (or four pages, fronts only, handwritten. If you choose to type at home, you can use the word count tool).
  • At least five quotes from the book that support your analysis of a character or theme.
  • Each quote needs a lead-in sentence
    • That means you must say something like, “Okonkwo shows a great change over the course of the novel. At the beginning of the book, Okonkwo shows great strength by becoming very influential in Umuofia, despite the fact that he “did not have the start in live which many young men usually had” (Achebe 16).
    • Pro tip: Once you have included five quotes with lead-ins and citations, plus your header and works cited and title and so on, that’s like 250 words right there. So that’s 25% of your essay already!
  • You must include a Work Cited at the end of your paper. You will only cite one thing – the book. DO NOT use outside research for this paper!

Closing Session:

Chinua Achebe discusses Africa 50 years after Things Fall Apart.

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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