World Lit:Things Fall Apart essay, Day 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: Get your essay out from yesterday and trade with a friend. Read over each others’ essays and give some feedback to your buddy! You should specifically look for these things:

  • Does it make sense?
  • Do all the quotes have lead-ins?
  • Do you see any careless errors (like problems with capitalization or punctuation)?

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

In case you need to catch up, here’s the prompts::

  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.”

And here are the essay requirements!

  • 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:

Let’s do a check-in – by the end of class today, you should have a good working draft of an essay that just needs revision tomorrow. I’ll come around and conference with everyone to see where you are.

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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