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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - A Novel Study

Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(899)
In this novel study, students will read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe while studying the effects of colonization, classism, and tradition versus change through Socratic Seminar discussion activities.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
This class is taught in English.
I have been teaching on Outschool for three years and teach novels of similar topics frequently. I am a certified secondary education teacher in English who has been teaching for 10 years.  I have taught this novel in public education multiple times before transitioning to Outschool full time. The coursework for the novel included adaptable and modified education and honors-level work through AVID training, Advanced Placement training, and cultural training through my school district. Below is a list of a couple of those classes with similar topics, concerns, and focuses to Things Fall Apart so that you can see how I run these courses and reviews from parents on those courses as well.

To Kill a Mockingbird: https://outschool.com/classes/to-kill-a-mockingbird-a-novel-study-KhCDq7lg?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
The Book Thief: https://outschool.com/classes/the-book-thief-a-novel-study-JEBkbptj?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
The Road: https://outschool.com/classes/the-road-by-cormac-mccarthy-a-post-apocalyptic-and-current-events-novel-study-cE7J0x3r?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
Homework Offered
Students will be asked to read the novel outside of class to make sure that we can use our time in class to discuss the novel and to further our understanding of the novel and its messages. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please let me know!
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students will need to have their own copy of Things Fall Apart! Copies can be found at these links if you would like some guidance. 
Purchase Guide - Things Fall Apart

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Things-Fall-Apart-Chinua-Achebe/dp/0385474547/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2DPH285C7KH7K&keywords=things+fall+apart&qid=1673268940&sprefix=things+fall+apar%2Caps%2C183&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/things-fall-apart-chinua-achebe/1116754130?ean=9780385474542 

Youtube: (There is no audible available for this novel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxQDEeQrUgU 
While there is no Common Sense Media parental review for the novel, this is a book review by Plugged In that covers the novel's summary and sensitive topics: https://www.pluggedin.com/book-reviews/things-fall-apart/

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe includes slurs, negative depictions, and/or mistreatment of people that are harmful and wrong. Outschool is an inclusive platform and it is our goal to bar and eliminate discrimination and prejudice. The novel discusses the importance of tradition, culture, and history of the Igbo people and we will examine these at the forefront of our conversations. We will examine the negative effects of colonization on this important aspect of the lives of the people effected by these changes. Achebe works to reclaim African history from an African perspective and this will be our focus as we dive into the fictional story of Okonkwo as he struggles with changes in his life. Through conversation and reading analysis that connects to the true history of these events, we will tackle these topics together in class. 

The book can be quite intense and also has violence, mild mentions of sexuality, and other topics which can be intense. Please make sure to be aware of the topics so that you can make an informed decision. And please let me know if you have any questions!
A resource that we will work with through this novel is the following:
Reading Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart from the Postcolonial
Perspective by Md. Mahbubul Alam
Lecturer of English, Adhdhapak Rafiqul Islam Academy and College
Gazipur, Bangladesh.

This article can be found linked as an external resource below! As is stated in this article, "Achebe’s novel shatters the stereotypical European portraits about the native Africans. By unfolding the devastating effects of colonialism on the life of the Igbo people in Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe has successfully made a comprehensible demarcation between the pre-colonial and the colonial Igboland. By setting these two periods opposite to each other Achebe demonstrates the value and authenticity of the Igbo traditions in a more unambiguous manner. His strategy of differentiation between the pre-colonial and the colonial well suits his purpose of writing back by rewriting the history of the lost traditions and culture of the Igbo".
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(899)
My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught English to students as young as nine through eighteen in both Missouri and Colorado. I am a close-reading specialist and have a lot of experience teaching students close-reading strategies including... 
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for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
40 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
3-6 learners per class

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