When teaching Things Fall Apart, students often require background information on the Igbo Tribe and basic information about how Africa and African culture was viewed by society at the time the text was written by Achebe and the time period the novel was set. With this in mind, I prepared a PP presentation for students to reflect on their current knowledge of Africa and African culture, and common terms used to describe Africa, Africans, and African culture that Achebe was attempting to highlight as negative and incorrect.
I then outlined the Igbo culture and highlight the positive aspects of the culture, while emphasizing that the culture, although different from ours, is a fully functioning society that works well for the people within it.
Last, I ask students to think about current media representations of Africa and a series of quotations that describe Africa and Africans. Students use the manners in which Africa and African culture are displayed within the media and quotations to compose a paragraph indicating if those representations are accurate based on knowledge of the Igbo culture.