The Things Fall Apart Introduction Poetry Assignment is a worksheet that will challenge students to dissect and understand, “The Second Coming,” by William Butler Yeats, in order to predict the outcome Achebe's novel. While reading the poem, either individual or in small groups, students first underline examples of strong imagery. Next, in the analysis box, students use words from a word bank to help them describe the mood of the poem. After discussing the meaning of the poem with the teacher, students are asked to make 3 predictions about the novel they will soon read to further spark interest in the book.
This worksheet can be used with a brilliant and free PowerPoint from virtual.mjc.edu/wohlstadterj/_private/Yeats.ppt to show pictures to further engage students.