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The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 4: Proverbs

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"Eneke the bird says since men have learnt to shoot without missing, he has learnt to fly without perching." As part of their study of Things Fall Apart, class members read Paul Hernadi and Francis Steen's essay, "The Tropical Landscapes of Proverbia: A Crossdisciplinary Travelogue." They then research aphorisms, epigrams, and proverbs; analyze how these proverbs express the values and knowledge of a culture, and collaboratively answer the question, "How are proverbs a universal language of humanity?" 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class collect examples of the literary devices Achebe employs to contradict stereotypical depictions of Africans
Classroom Considerations
  • The fourth in a 13-lesson unit, designed specifically for identified gifted and talented learners, that uses Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart as the anchor text for the study of cultural diversity
  • The eight-page resource includes the plan, links to Hernadi and Steen's essay, and a list of proverbs found in the novel
  • Hernadi and Steen's essay, a college-level text, may prove a challenge for some readers; however, no scaffolding is provided for the reading