Things Fall Apart Complete Unit | Lesson Plans

Angie Kratzer
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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170 pages
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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. This final test may be used as a re-test for students who performed poorly on either set of quizzes. A key is included for each assessment.

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


Lesson 11: Introduction and Conclusion; Peer Editing


Don't need it all? You may also be interested in these three excerpts from the complete unit.

Things Fall Apart Reading Test Quiz Sets

Things Fall Apart Vocabulary Workout

Things Fall Apart Lesson Plans & Handouts Only


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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