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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Chapters 1-9 Customs and Traditions of a Culture Objective: Recognizing the customs and traditions of a culture Interpreting detail Activity By this point in the novel, the reader has become well acquainted with the customs of the Ibo tribe and begins to feel comfortable with Achebe’s use of these customs to draw the reader into the story. Achebe’s storytelling techniques lend to the realistic presentation of a civilized African people that counters previous images of a primitive society with no order or balance. The organization and structure of a civilized group is evident through the customs, rituals, or beliefs shown through Chapter 9. Review these chapters and make a list of the customs, rituals, and beliefs Achebe reveals to the reader (the first two have been done for you). Do any of these elements remind you of the customs, rituals, or beliefs of modern American society? Do they remind you of any other society? What do these customs tell you about the Nigerian Ibo society? S - 57 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart Page # Custom, Belief, or Ritual 6 Sharing the kola nut when visitors come to the home 9 Calling a snake a string in case it hears you
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T - 58 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart 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. Note to Teacher: Before beginning this assignment, you may allow students to research some fraternal organizations such as the BPOE (Elks) or a national affiliated social sorority such as Kappa Delta Sorority.
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