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Indicate the source from which you gathered your information. Only three questions may be answered by a single source. S - 7 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart Question Answer Source Who wrote Things Fall Apart ? When and where was the author born? What influenced the author’s decision to write this novel? What is the author’s educational background? What was Achebe’s original name and why did he change it? What occupation and positions has the author held? List three of the author’s works What literary awards has the author received? How has politics influenced the author’s writing?
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T - 8 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart Pre-Reading Identifying With Thematic Concepts Objective: Identifying with characters and situations in a novel Activity There are several thematic concepts prevalent in Things Fall Apart; among them are the fear of failure, the disintegration of a society, and the perception of gender (masculine versus feminine). These three thematic concepts will be focused on in this activity. In groups, discuss each of these thematic concepts and list situations, examples, and feelings you associate with them. After you have done this, choose one of the thematic concepts to visually display to the class. You may choose to do this through a collage or art medium, through charades or pantomime, or through the performance of a short play you create as a group. Answers will vary based on students’ experiences.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Pre-Reading Identifying With Thematic Concepts Objective: Identifying with characters and situations in a novel Activity There are several thematic concepts prevalent in Things Fall Apart; among them are the fear of failure, the disintegration of a society, and the perception of gender (masculine versus feminine). These three thematic concepts will be focused on in this activity. In groups, discuss each of these thematic concepts and list situations, examples, and feelings you associate with them. After you have done this, choose one of the thematic concepts to visually display to the class. You may choose to do this through a collage or art medium, through charades or pantomime, or through the performance of a short play you create as a group. S - 9 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 10 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart Pre-Reading Making Literary Connections Objective: Understanding the connection between various literary works Activity Chinua Achebe takes the title of his novel Things Fall Apart from “The Second Coming,” a poem by William Butler Yeats. Viewing the destruction and catastrophe of World War I, Yeats feared a rise in communism and future global tragedy. He wrote his poem as a glimpse into the world that could arise from the results of the war.
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