Unit Plan

Curriculum Guide to: The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Joseph Conrad's novellas The Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer are the focus of five lessons in this Curriculum Guide. Lessons are designed to advance analytical reading skills, examine Conrad's use of "The Double" theme, the subtlety of Conrad's descriptions that create the mood of horror, and the way Conrad transforms events in his personal life into art. A sophisticated guide for advanced readers.

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Instructional Ideas
  • The entire guide can be as a framework for a unit on Conrad's novellas or separated if only one of the two novellas is used
Classroom Considerations
  • The first, third, and fourth lessons focus on The Heart of Darkness, while lessons two and five are for The Secret Sharer
  • Most appropriate for advanced high school or college level ELA classes
  • Page numbers are for the Enriched Classics editions of the novellas
  • Requires copies
  • Each lesson includes detailed, step-by-step directions
  • Few discussion questions are included; therefore, set aside extra prep time to craft prompts that encourage readers to engage with the texts deeply