Everything you need to understand or teach God's Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembène.
A large cast of characters plays out a complex interweaving of narrative and thematic lines in this fact-based novel. As oppressed male black railroad workers in French colonial Africa struggle to improve their economic and social status, their women who, in many ways, are just as oppressed by tribal and ethnic traditions, struggle to improve their own status, within both their communities and their families. This pursuit of simultaneous personal and communal integrity is the novel's anchoring thematic concern, manifesting in both character transformation and plot.
The narrative begins with a poetically written description of the land in which the story unfolds, a glimpse of nature that provides a vivid contrast to the machine-defined lives the novel's many characters live. From that broad perspective, the narrative zooms on on a particular home, that of the family of Bakayoko, a respected and almost revered union leader. Narration reveals that...
God's Bits of Wood Lesson Plans contain 119 pages of teaching material, including: