Things Fall Apart Picture Book Day 1


  • W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • W.9-10.3.b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
  • W.9-10.3.c Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
  • W.9-10.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
  • W.9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


I’m going to read you guys a picture book that was created by my students! Because…. you guys are going to make one!

Learning Target

I can summarize the beginning Things Fall Apart by working with my group so that I can produce a finished children’s book.

Work Session

Today we’re starting your big group assignment, which is….

A picture book!!!

Here’s the skinny:

The Picture Book Project!
For this project, you will plan, write, illustrate, and produce your own children’s picture book. You will be working in pre-assigned groups of 4. Your picture book should meet the following requirements:

    • The story must be a retelling of Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, written for children.
      • You must use the same characters as Things Fall Apart
      • The story must follow the plot of Things Fall Apart.
    • Your story should be 300-500 words.
    • Your book should be at least 10 pages, but no more than 20 pages.
    • The text of your book should reflect proper grammar, conventions, and spelling. The text may be typed or hand-written.
    • The illustrations should be fully colored and show effort, creativity, and neatness. I understand that not everyone is Picasso, but everyone is capable of putting time and energy into his or her artwork.
    • You will be graded on the following components:
      • Group Participation (40 points)
      • Finished Product (60 points) – Due Wednesday, March 4th.

Closing Session

Check in – Picture Book Project


Reading ticket, informal assessment of picture book work/brainstorming/drafting.


Students will be placed in groups of varied ability level, talent, and learning style. Students will read in small group to account for differences in reading levels.

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