Wakanda Forever!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
  • 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. Georgia ELA
  • 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. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare). Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will research a pre-colonial African culture and imagine how that culture would look today without the influence of imperialism.

Opening Session
Take ten minutes to polish and turn in your picture books while I go over our project! We’re going to be researching a precolonial African culture while you guys watch Black Panther.

Work Session

This unit we have been reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and we are watching Black Panther. Each of these works focuses on an African culture, the Ibo culture of Umuofia (modern-day Nigeria) and the fictional Wakandan culture. In Things Fall Apart, the Ibo culture falls apart when western Imperialism comes to Umuofia and the Europeans destroy or change a lot of sacred things. In Black Panther, Wakanda is a nation which was never influenced by Imperialism, and has become a modern nation without losing its original culture. Your task is to envision an African culture as it would be today if it had never been influenced by Imperialism.

  • Choose and research an African culture (Ibo/Igbo, Ibibo, Yoruba, Basotho, Ndebele, Zulu, Maasai, Mursi, etc.)
  • Imagine how that culture would look today if it had never been influenced by Imperialism
  • Complete this packet. This will be an essay grade for this unit!
  • Due: Friday, March 6th, 2020 at the end of your block.

Closing Session
Check in! For a quick ticket out the door, tell me something you noticed about the Wakandan culture that you thought was cool!

Summative (writing project)

Scaffolding, varied lengths, learning styles, student choice

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