The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 11: The Historical/Biographical Approach to Literature

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How affected is Thinks Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe's personal biography? Using a four corners strategy, and evidence from their readings, class members debate the degree of biographical influence in Achebe's novel.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Model the close reading process by sharing with class members the first page of the "Close Reading of a Critical Essay" handout
Classroom Considerations

  • The 11th in a 13-lesson unit, designed specifically for identified gifted and talented learners, that uses a variety of texts to explore the concept of diversity and the challenges of communicating across diverse cultures
  • Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart serves as the anchor text for the unit
Pros

  • The 10-page packet includes the plan, links to biographical material on Achebe, resources for the Historical-Biographical Critical Approach, and an annotated close reading example
Cons

  • None