Chinua Achebe-Dead Men*s Path

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Chinua Achebe-Dead Men’s Path
English 12
Mr. Brown
Mr. Baun
Warm up Question
• Name a couple of things that come to mind
when you think about Africa.
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The Story
Mapping Africa Activity
• On the blank map fill in all of the African
countries that you know of.
• Where are the pyramids?
• Where are diamonds mined?
• What are the major rivers? Where are they?
• Deserts? Where are they?
• What oceans surround Africa?
Think-Pair-Share
• Pair up
• Discuss your answers with your partner.
• Choose a person to share with the class.
African Countries
Diamond Mines
African Rivers
African Deserts
Nigeria
Nigerian Vegetation
• The southern coast of Nigeria is rain forest.
• The central portion of Nigeria is forests.
• The northern portion is mostly a grassland
region.
The Igbo Tribe
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Located in Southeastern Nigeria
Population: 8 million
Language: Igbo (Kwa)
Neighboring Peoples: Ibibio, Ijo, Ekoi, Igala,
Idoma, Nupe
Igbo Economy
• The majority of the Igbo people are farmers.
• Their staple crop is yam, and its harvesting is a
time for great celebration.
Igbo Religion
• Before Christianity most Igbo practiced some
form of ancestor worship.
• Today most of the Igbo are Christian, but
some still practice the traditional religions.
Religion Continued
• Men participate in a secret society called the
Mmo(for the living).
• They were responsible for carrying out the
funeral ceremonies.
• They induct the departed spirits into the Ebe
Mmo(afterlife).
Vocabulary
• Denigration n.-defamation of one’s character
or reputation; slander
• Superannuated adj.-out of date
• Pivotal adj.-of central or vital importance
Exit Slip Questions
• Name one interesting fact you learned about
Nigeria.
Warm Up Question
• From 1850 to 1960 Great Britain basically
claimed Nigeria as it’s own. Why do you think
they would do this? What conflicts might
result?
Colonialism: The Scramble for Africa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw12KGSj53
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Rudyard Kipling
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Lived from 1865-1936
English poet, short-story writer, and novelist
Celebrated British imperialism
Wrote The Jungle Book, which was later
turned into a Disney film.
White Man’s Burden Activity
• Listen and follow along as I read the poem
• We will break you up into groups.
• Each group will be given a stanza of the poem
to analyze.
• Read again and discuss
• Answer the five questions in the packet.
• Appoint a group member to share with the
class.
Groups -Period 1
Group 1
Mustaafa
Jocelyn
Taylor
Shadayia
Group 2
Oshea
Lyeisha
Gabby
Brandy
Group 3
Michelle
Hope
Jasmin
Maria
Group 4
Sean
Erin
Jen
Jenna
Group 5
Mikala
Anna
Daraya
Kaloni
Group 6
Maya
Joe
Niyimah
Anthony
Group 7
Helena
Kayla
Carmin
Deandra
Groups- Period 2
Group 1
Joey
Kirsten
Samson
Antonique
Group 2
Tavaya
Brandon
Katrina
Nichole
Group 3
Shannon
Shawn
Teshaia
Azariah
Group 4
Rachel
Justin L.
Shad
Jessica
Group 5
Amanda
Tasia
Anthony
Alec
Group 6
Tieriq
Justin P
Shavon
Dave
Group 6
Donte
Raven
Keaira
Jamal
Group 7
Jalen
Josh
Groups-Period 5A
Group 1
Mona
Alex
Group 2
Monica
Anthony
Joe
Group 3
Tiffany
Micah
Group 4
Calvin
John
Sara
Group 5
Rob
Sam
Daesha
Group 6
DJ
Zain
Group 7
Tanisha
Ryason
Emilio
Reading Strategy Question pg. 1306
• What strengths and weaknesses does Obi
bring to his job?
• He is young, energetic, enthusiastic,
responsible, and has a very high regard for
education. All of these things would make
him a good headmaster.
• However, he also seems to be stubborn, and
not very accepting of the old ways.
Big Idea Question pg. 1307
• How has modernization affected young
Nigerians like Obi’s wife?
• She has become concerned with “modern
methods” like having the most beautiful
garden. She also wants all of the other wives
in the village to envy her and her high social
status.
Exit Slip Question
• How do you think all of this information on
colonialism and modernization relates to the
story?
Warm Up Questions
• How do you define a “character”?
• Name a conflict you’ve struggled with?
Characterization
• The art of creating characters for a narrative;
includes their feelings, behaviors, appearance,
and personality traits.
Jay-z and Beyonce
Feelings?
Behavior?
Appearance?
Personality?
Jennifer Lopez
Feelings?
Behavior?
Appearance?
Personality?
External Conflict
• The struggle between a literary or dramatic
character and an outside force such as nature
or another character, which drives the
dramatic action of the plot.
External Conflict
• Character vs. Character-conflict arising
between two or more characters of the same
kind
• Character vs. Nature-conflict that involves the
main character against the forces of nature
External Conflict
Watch these movie previews. Is the conflict
Character vs. Character, or is it Character vs.
Nature?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfb0U0ydj8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCbDUREB
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Reading Strategy pg. 1307
• What does this detail reveal about Obi?
• That he is very prideful of his work to a fault.
Literary Element pg. 1308
• What conflict does Obi’s assertion set in
motion?
• The vandalism of his school’s grounds, and
ultimately a “tribal war situation”.
Reading Strategy pg. 1308
• What does the village priest value?
• He values his ancestors and the traditional
religion of Nigeria.
Literary Element pg. 1308
• How does the Supervisor’s assessment of the
conflict differ from Obi’s.
• Obi views the conflict as a way of breaking
from the old ways of his fellow Nigerians, and
bringing the school into the modern era.
• His supervisor sees the conflict as a direct
result of his misguided enthusiasm.
Exit Slip Question
• Give me one example of characterization.
• Give me one example of external conflict.

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