Type:

Unit

Description:

This unit on Things Fall Apart includes a unit plan that outlines the goals for both reading and writing. There is a week-by-week outline. The adjoining lesson plans are meant to be a scaffolded method of guiding the students' reading. The "essential questions" are meant to orient the student to the larger ideas and themes of the work. The "getting it straight" section is meant to clarify the students' literal understanding and the "delve in" section is meant to challenge the student to think more deeply and, eventually, to plan their literary essay. This unit was only taught once and is most certainly a first draft.

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Writing

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe Literary Themes Imperialism Colonialism

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Collections:

None
Update Standards?

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.5: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-09-25.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This rich resource on Things Fall Apart offers a thorough unit complete with guided reading and writing activities prior to, during and after reading. Background information (including links to further extend understanding) is included; key vocabulary is identified; literary concepts are introduced; essential questions as well as in-depth challenge questions are offered; and graphic organizers to enhance interaction with text are provided. The unit ends with a guided template for students to complete a final essay on the text.
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Alivia Night
July 31, 2012

It is very fine and informative essay. I like this so much.

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j c
May 9, 2012

could you add an answer key?

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SMartin3 AISD

This is an excellent resource that has helped me in the previous years teaching TFA. On the one hand, not supplying an answer key forces my personal engagement in the lesson which is a great thing. On the other hand, convenience and accessibility are so key and very much appreciated.

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