This is a quick lesson that I do in my World Literature class in our Africa unit, which captures well the common themes and intentions of post-colonial writers. The activity explains the common purposes of post-colonial writers, provides students with a list of 23 poems by African writers (e.g. Christophen Okigbo, Sedar Leopold Senghor, Wole Soyinka, Kofi Awoonor), and asks them to analyze their chosen poems both in terms of their literary techniques and how they line up with these goals of post-colonial writers. I set it up as a project to be completed in small groups on posters, but it can easily be adapted for different purposes.
And while you're here, why not check out some of my full unit plans on books set in Africa that explore similar themes:
- Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver