Things Fall Apart, Day 2


  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Targets:

  • I can analyze the particular point of view of Things Fall Apart, a piece of literature from the Ibo culture of Africa.
  • I can analyze the development of the character Okonkwo and consider how his character helps develop the overall theme of Things Fall Apart.

Opening (do as soon as independent reading ends): 10 minutes

  • Listen and Consider – Listen to the reading of the poem, “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats, which your teacher will play for you. Chinua Achebe took the title of Things Fall Apart from this poem. Write a couple sentences in which you analyze WHY Achebe might have chosen to title his book after this poem.

Work Session Part 1: Reading (20 minutes)

  • Find Chapters 3-4 of Things Fall Apart. 
  • Find your first Literary Circle Job.
  • Once everyone has their chosen job, read today’s chapters with your group.
  • When you are done reading, move on to part 2.

Work Session Part 2: Working (10 minutes)

  • Do your Literary Circle Job on your own. You can use classroom resources (such as a dictionary) to help you, but you do not need to talk with your classmates.
  • If you finish before the rest of your group, help your other group members with their jobs. When everyone is done, move on to part 3.

Work Session Part 3: Sharing (10 minutes)

  • Go around your group and share what you wrote down. Discuss what you think it means and why it is important.
  • Find the small box on the page for each of your group members’ roles. Take notes over what your group member is saying in the small box.
  • Make sure you understand what your group members are saying, because I might call on you to share!

Closing Session: 10 minutes

Proverbs (Springboard page 221) – There are a lot of proverbs used in Things Fall Apart. Complete the chart below with the meaning of each proverb. You can look in your Springboard book on page 221 if you need help.

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