Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad is a controversial classic that is still taught to millions of students each year. These lessons focus on the beginning of the book, when Marlowe first sails down the Congo. The prose section, AP Multiple Choice questions with answer key and explanations, a link to the professional audio book excerpt matching the text, film clips from YouTube, NPR stories on Chinua Achebe’s disapproving view on the book and on Francis Ford Coppola’s film based on the book, This is a compliment to teaching the novel, African Literature, Empire, or an engaging read on its own.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. An assessment essay from the 2023 AP English Literature essay Question #3 on the cultural, physical, and geographical effect on character is used which also has links to a rubric and student essay samples. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Literature, fiction, Joseph Conrad, theme, Socratic Seminar, imperialism, racism, World Literature, Francis Ford Coppola, Chinua Achebe, Apocalypse Now, King Leopold