In today's class, we watched a TED talk by a contemporary African author. This talk touches on the cultural significance of the novel, Things Fall Apart, and the importance of being able to tell your own story.
Students then wrote on and discussed the following questions:
Have you ever believed a “single story” about a person, place, or group of people? What was the story? How did you come to hear the other sides of this story?
Have you ever been the victim of a single story? What was the situation?
What is the relationship between power and storytelling?
How did this talk affect your view of the novel, Things Fall Apart?
Your homework is attached below. The reading assignment is to read to the end of Part 2 in Things Fall Apart.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.