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World Lit:TFA Essay, Due Today!

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 out your essay from yesterday and read it over carefully. Check for any errors, then grab a highlighter and go through and highlight each of your quotes, including the lead-in. Make sure you have at least five!! And make sure you copy down the Work Cited for the end of your paper:

Work Cited

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Penguin Books, 2017.

Work Session: 

You will have the whole class period to finish your final draft of your essay. Don’t waste this time; your essay is due today!

Closing Session:

Do a final read over of your essay – out loud! – and then turn it in to the basket!

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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)

World Lit: Things Fall Apart Essay, Day 1

Welcome back! Let’s write an essay!

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: Crash Course Literature: Things Fall Apart, Part II:

Work Session: Today we are going to start working on our first writing assignment for this unit, a literary analysis! You have two choices for the prompt:

  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.”

Today you’ll be prewriting. In your Springboard book on page 279 you will find a long list of prewriting questions. I would like for you (on your own paper) to address each thing on this prewriting checklist, and check it off as you complete each question/task.

Tomorrow we begin the essay!

Closing Session: Share out! Which character or theme are you writing about?

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 8

Standards:

  • 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

  • VOCAB QUIZ!!!!

Work Session Part 1: Reading (20 minutes)

  • Find Chapters 22-25 of Things Fall Apart. 
  • Find your last 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

Maybe not a chapter, but… Things Fall Apart ends with the District Commissioner saying “One could almost write a whole chapter on [Okonkwo]. Perhaps not a whole chapter but a reasonable paragraph, at any rate” (Achebe 209). Imagine you are the District Commissioner, and write the “reasonable paragraph” about Okonkwo that he would put in his book.

World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 7

Standards:

  • 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

  • Static or Dynamic? A static character is a character who does not change over the course of a story. A dynamic character is one who does change during a story. Is Okonkwo a static character or a dynamic character? Circle your answer, then find some evidence (a quote) from the book that backs you up.

    STATIC                                                              DYNAMIC

    Quote: “________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________” (Achebe ____).

Work Session Part 1: Reading (20 minutes)

  • Find Chapters 19-21 of Things Fall Apart. 
  • Find your next Literary Circle Job for this round.
  • 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

Before and After – Consider how the village of Umuofia changed after the Europeans arrived. Make a T-chart  with the differences in Umofia before Europeans and after Europeans.