"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit

"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
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  1. Multicultural Literature is the perfect way to get students out of their comfort zones and into other geographical worlds. This short story unit contains SIX different acclaimed texts that feature renowned authors from around the globe: O.Henry, Sandra Cisneros, Chinua Achebe, Anita Desai, Saki, and
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"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe is a multicultural short story with a universal message about how to accept the uncertainty of life. This short story unit allows students to closely read, analyze, and evaluate Achebe's multilayered message about war, loss, hard work, and the courage to rebuild after discord strikes. Students will participate in a range of activities that will keep them engaged and provide them with the rigor they need to become self-sufficient literary scholars.

Materials Included:
~Before Reading - “The Biafran War” Background and Video Response
~Before Reading – “Visual Vocabulary” Activity
~During Reading – “Guided Reading” Comprehension Activities
~After Reading – “Literary Analysis” Chart and Response
~Culminating Activity – “Nigerian Current Event Project” (with rubric)
~Summative Assessment – “Multiple-Choice Quiz”
~Detailed Answer Keys!

CCSS Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (read for explicit and implicit meanings, citing evidence)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (determine central ideas)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 (analyze character development)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 (analyze how different parts of a text relate to the whole)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 (informative/explanatory writing)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 (use technology to publish work)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 (conduct research based on focus questions)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 (gather relevant information from sources)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 (present content in an organized way)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 (make strategic use of visual displays)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 (understanding figurative language)


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"The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry: Close Reading and Analysis Unit

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Keywords: Chinua Achebe, Civil Peace, short story, multicultural short story, African literature, war literature, Biafra war, Biafran war, historical literature, historical short story, literary analysis, close reading activities, characterization, symbolism, theme, theme development, literary devices, antithesis, juxtaposition, simile, metaphor, extended written response to literature, explanatory writing, current event project, Nigeria



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