World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 4

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

Learning Target: I can analyze a the author’s choices of structure and series of events in Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Things Fall Apart Summary, ala Shmoop

Work Session: Today we are continuing to read Things Fall Apart! We are going to read chapters 7 and 13 today – we are skipping a chunk in the middle of the book, chapters 8-12. So to make sure we’re all on the same page, I am going to read a couple summaries to you, just so we’re all caught up.

Ch. 8:

Ch. 9-11:

Ch. 12:

After we read the summaries, we will pick back up reading chapter 13 of the book.

Closing Session: Let’s analyze a bit of the author’s purpose here. For a TOTD, share out why you think Achebe decided to include this large section smack dab in the middle of his book that doesn’t have a lot of relevance to this main plot.


1.      haggle: an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)

2.      coiffure: the arrangement of the hair

3.      callow: young and inexperienced

4.      pestle: a hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar

5.      foolhardy: marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

6.      frond: compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad

7.      succulent: full of juice

8.      pandemonium: a state of extreme confusion and disorder

9.      stingy: unwilling to spend

10.   harbinger: something indicating the approach of something or someone

Assessment: Formative (read alouds, class discussions)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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