Assignment 1: Complete your summer reading assignment and turn it in via Google Classroom on the first day of class.
Assignment 2: In groups of 3-4, create two representations of Papa Eugene on butcher paper. The representations should be of the two sides of his character and relevant quotes and symbols to augment your representations. You will have three in-class days to create your representations. The groups will present their drawings on 8/24 .
Assignment 3: This will be an ON YOUR OWN exercise. Go to the following YouTube sites and listen and watch the pronunciation videos. Then, write all of the characters names as printed in the text and then, write the phonetic spelling next to each name. After this, choose 10 other Igbo words from the text and do the same as you did with the names. We will then practice saying our Igbo vocabulary aloud.
Assignment 4: Do some research on the history of Nigeria as a country. Focus on Nigerian culture and Nigerian government and politics, particularly from the 1970s to present day. Make a Prezi depicting what you have discovered. Then write 750 words about how Adichie's used Nigerian culture and politics to further the themes and characterizations in her novel. You must use evidence from both your research and the book which also means you must have a works cited page and use proper MLA style for your parenthetical citations.
Official Website of Nigeria
Wolfram Alpha: Nigeria
Wikipedia info about Nigeria
The Danger of a Single Story
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Assignment 5: After watching the video "The Danger of a Single Story," write a 300-400 word reflection. In your reflection, give an overview of why and how Adichie communicated this topic (she was not strident or overbearing) in her TED Talk. Make sure you include one quote from the video that you found particularly interesting or profound. You should also write about a time when you were guilty of "buying in" to a single story, a time when you have been the in a position where someone else only had a "single story" about you, and how you might, in the future, work to be more conscious of avoiding the trap of a "single story" when interacting in the world around you. The essay will be written in class over two days (including the day we watched the video).
Assignment 6: The Transformation of JaJa and Kambili
The attached character sketch chart is for you to use to document the transformation of theses two characters. You will use three charts for each character. Make sure you explore all avenues of their transformation but put strong focus on who was most instrumental in each character's transformation and how the transformation comes about. Your charts are due on 25 September at the beginning of class.
You will now use your charts to write and 1250-2000 word essay concerning the transformation of Jaja and Kambili. Please make sure you use textual evidence and that you not only show how the two characters transformed, but how Adichie used effective characterization to show us this transformation. The essay is due 13 October.
- Turn to page 6 and read from "So when Papa did not see Jaja..." to the end of page 7 "Even the glass dining table was moving toward me."
- Lightly circle words (in pencil) that portray different emotions.
- Now, with a partner, discuss the choice of circled words and decide who was feeling the emotion, you as readers, or the characters in the text? What kind of link is there between reader and character?
- In 200 words, explore the link between the choice of emotive words and literary effect. Are any of the words actually literary devices (onomatopoeia, alliteration, etc.)?
- Now, again with your partner, draw the scene in the room.