Things Fall Apart Complete Unit {CCSS Aligned}

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This instructional unit includes everything a teacher would need for Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, including three differentiated types of reading assessments. For weaker readers or students who need a high level of accountability, there is a half-page quiz for each of the 25 chapters. For the average student who can manage several chapters at a time, there are four longer quizzes on chapter sets 1-6, 7-13, 14-19, and 20-25. For students who may be asked to read the book independently, there is a two-page objective test. A key is included for each assessment. This final test may be used as a re-test for students who performed poorly on either set of quizzes.

The eleven lesson plans in this unit are designed based on the four-section quiz set, so a teacher using one of the other two accountability methods will need to adapt the lesson plans to suit his or her students’ needs. Because each lesson plan includes assessment, discussion, and writing exercises, a teacher may need two to three days for each one. (In other words, this unit could encompass 20 to 30 class periods depending on the schedule.)

Writing exercises can easily be pushed back; for example, a teacher may want to deal with flashback as a literary device near the end of the unit, not after chapter 13. For homework, students will read the novel and work to memorize a map of Africa. A teacher who wants to spread the reading out might give a reading quiz each day but facilitate other non-novel content such as grammar or usage. This unit allows for that option.

Included as well are 25 vocabulary exercises, one for each chapter. Five to twenty words in context are provided in each exercise, and students are required to define and manipulate the words in some way. These exercises are optional but may be particularly helpful pre-reading activities for weaker readers or ESL students. They provide an excellent tool for differentiation in a heterogeneous classroom.
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Lesson 1: Building Background Knowledge
Nigeria; Ibo Culture and Language
Map Work
Character Preview

Lesson 2: Setting in Chapters 1 through 6
Individual Chapter Quizzes
Chapter Set Quiz (1-6)
Vocabulary Workout
Literary Analysis: Setting
Smooth Text Use

Lesson 3: Characterization in Chapters 1 through 6
Methods of Characterization
Characterization Chart
Literary Analysis: Characterization

Lesson 4: Flashback in Chapters 1 through 13
Individual Chapter Quizzes
Chapter Set Quiz (7-13)
Vocabulary Workout
Literary Analysis: Flashback

Lesson 5: Chapters 14 through 19
Individual Chapter Quizzes
Chapter Set Quiz (14-19)
Vocabulary Workout
Africa Map Practice
Debate Point: Christian Missions

Lesson 6: Irony in Chapters 1 through 25
Individual Chapter Quizzes
Chapter Set Quiz (20-25)
Vocabulary Workout
Literary Analysis: Irony

Lesson 7: Symbolism and Theme in Things Fall Apart
Africa Map Test
Individual Chapter Quizzes
Chapter Set Quiz (20-25)
Vocabulary Workout
Literary Analysis: Symbolism and Theme

Lesson 8: “The Second Coming” Paideia Seminar
Debate Point: Colonialism in Nigeria
Paideia Seminar
Post-Seminar Writing Assignment with Rubric

Lesson 9: Literary Analysis Essay and Final Reading Test

Lesson 10: Sentence-Level Revision
Sentence Combining
Sentence Variety
Transitions

Lesson 11: Introduction and Conclusion; Peer Editing
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Don't need it all? You may also be interested in these two excerpts from the complete unit.
Things Fall Apart Reading Test Quiz Sets
Things Fall Apart Vocabulary Workout


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Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Month

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Things Fall Apart Complete Unit {CCSS Aligned}
Things Fall Apart Complete Unit {CCSS Aligned}
Things Fall Apart Complete Unit {CCSS Aligned}
Things Fall Apart Complete Unit {CCSS Aligned}