Unit 1 Things Fall Apart

Unit Description

How do we tell a story about ourselves that is both true and positive? How do we hold ourselves up in the best possible light, while still being honest about our struggles and our flaws? You'll read Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart , analyzing the text through the eyes of one character. You'll get to know that character's flaws and strengths, and you'll tell part of the story from that character's perspective, doing your best to tell an honest tale that presents your character's best side. Then you'll explore your own stories, crafting a personal narrative about an important moment of learning in your life.

Close reading of the unit texts will help you answer these Guiding Questions:

  • How do our conflicts shape and show our character?
  • How can we tell a story about ourselves that's both honest and positive?
  • How do definitions of justice change depending on the culture you live in?
  • What are ways individuals can react to a changing world? To a community that doesn't accept us?

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