The Things Fall Apart lesson plan is a three-week, day-to-day plan. Students during the reading of Things Fall Apart analyze Yeats' "The Second Coming," an inherently difficult poem, especially for high school students. The poem, however, while initially troublesome, generates illuminating dialogue and often impassioned debate in the classroom. The accompanying questions help students enter the poem's more receptive first third and prepares them for a more grounded interpretation of its seemingly impenetrable final section. An understanding of "The Second Coming" informs our ongoing reading of the novel, allowing in the end for a more nuanced interpretation of this rich and rewarding text.
Other activities throughout the reading are body paragraph reviews for essays--topic ideas/summary/relevant evidence/analysis, detailed written analyses of the text, and an analysis of Sharon Olds' "Quake Theory."
Note: bolded headings within the lesson plan are transitional points within the class hour. All homework/handouts are copy-ready (see Blood Meridian preview and description for an example).