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.
In today's class, students had additional time to work on the literature questions handed out last class.
Your packet of homework for next week is attached below.
We began today's class by going over the response questions for the article on US involvement in Syria. I then collected the news article homework as well as your literature questions homework.
Next, I handed out a second set of literature questions for your novels. These questions were in-class work. You will have more time to complete them next class. There is no homework since tomorrow is Veterans Day.
In today's class, we focused on a recent news story. We began by watching some short videos that outlined this news story and why it is significant. These videos can be found at the bottom of this webpage:
After watching the videos and discussing their contents, I handed out a news article on the story. It is attached below with some response questions. Students collaborated to complete the response questions.
Your homework is to read chapters 11-13 in Things Fall Apart and complete the response questions attached below.
In today's class, we worked on some discussion questions for chapters 7 and 8 of Things Fall Apart. We will be discussing them next class. Your homework is to complete any of the discussion questions that you didn't finish in class. In addition please begin another independent vocab list. It is due in one week.
CHULA VISTA ONLY:
If you are reading a novel other than Things Fall Apart, your homework is, instead of the above, to complete the attached assignments. They are due in one week. The first one can be completed before beginning your novel. The second one should be completed after making some progress in your novel.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.