Short Story Lesson & Worksheet:A Private Experience by Chiamamanda Ngozi Adichie


Explore stereotypes, cultural differences, and common humanity in this social justice-infused, discussion-based contemporary short story lesson. This lesson was a recipient of the TPT Teach for Justice Grant and has been reviewed by the TPT team to bring you a high quality product that will provoke empathy and conversations about justice in your classroom. Chiamamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of a young woman and an older woman caught in a riot who must confront their differences and similarities. This story is available on the Guardian website and pairs perfectly with Adichie's TED Talk "The Danger of a Single Story."

This product includes:

  • 2 45-minute long lessons
  • A double sided worksheet with author biography, background information, 8 comprehension questions, and 6 discussion questions. Worksheets are made as both PDF and Google Slides for integration in face-to-face and distance learning classrooms.
  • Answer key for all comprehension & discussion questions

When using this product, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the connections between author’s life, current events, and a text
  • Understand the main events and details of a short story
  • Analyze a literary text
  • Discuss a text and social justice issues in an in depth and nuanced way
  • Open themselves up to stories of others and develop a sense of empathy for marginalized people
Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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