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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Chapter 10 Secret Societies Objective: Relating literature to life Gathering inference from detail Activity The egwugwu is presented as “the most powerful and the most secret cult in the clan.” (Pg. 88) The ceremonies and background surrounding this organization are as mysterious as they are interesting. Modern society is not without its own secret societies. Most colleges house social fraternities and sororities made up of members who pride themselves on secret rituals, passwords, handshakes, mottos, and ceremonies. In addition, many adults are members of fraternal organizations such as the Elks and Masons, which are also based on secret rites and purposes. Even young children form clubs with passwords. Create your own secret society. Name your group and indicate how you would form the organization. Consider the following: How do you choose your members? How do you select your leaders? How do you conduct your initiation ceremony for new members? What is your secret password? Handshake? Motto? Is there a special dress or clothing requirement? How often do you meet? What is the purpose of your group? This project should be typed and placed in a neatly decorated folder. Include on the folder front some type of artwork that reflects your organization. For example, the Order of the Eastern Star has a five- point star as its symbol. S - 59 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 60 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart Chapter 10 Writing a Play Objective: Rewriting prose into dramatic literature Activity Throughout this chapter‚ there is much interaction and dialogue between the Umuofian villagers and the sacred egwugwu . The mystery and reverence surrounding the village governing body‚ combined with the excitement and anticipation felt by the villagers‚ creates an atmosphere of festivity. “Everybody in the crowd was talking. It was like the market. From a distance the noise was a deep rumble carried by the wind.” (Pg. 88) Once the cases are heard, the decisions of the egwugwu are final. No one in the Ibo tribe questions the members or their legislative indictments. Read the chapter. Imagine the characters on a stage; then‚ rewrite the chapter as a scene in a play. Below is an example that you may use to start your scene. Make sure you include appropriate stage directions as needed. Note to Teacher: This type activity could be used at various times during the novel. Answers will vary. Example: A large crowd noisily gathers on the village square. The men gather nearer to the center of the square‚ and the women staying on the outside fringe. In the center, there are a few men sitting on stools and a row of empty stools nearby. Mgbafo and her three brothers stand facing Uzowulu and his relatives.
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