This collaborative activity is designed to simulate the experiences of individual groups involved in the Scramble for Africa, an event affecting the characters in Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. Students work in small groups to determine the needs, resources, and negotiation strategies of either colonists, missionaries, or native Africans. They then work at the negotiation table with the opposing groups to determine how best to accomplish their unique goals.
- Divide students into 3 groups, missionaries, colonists, and natives. Groups should consist of no more than 4 members so larger classes will have more than one complete negotiation group.
- Each group should have one note-taker who records the answers to the questions and one discussion leader. Students spend approximately 45 minutes working in their assigned groups to answer the questions posed.
- Optional: If the class has more than one complete negotiation group (missionaries, colonists, and natives), the two or more individual groups can come together to share their insights and answers prior to moving to the negotiation table.
- Students spend 10 minutes reviewing their answers and preparing for the negotiations.
- Complete negotiation groups are seated together to complete the negotiation scenarios.
- Once finished, each student responds to the reflection questions.
- The teacher leads a whole class discussion over students’ reflections on the activity and its relation to the novel.