Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Mugo's fellow villagers talk about their country's coming independence. No specific details are given, but their conversations reveal the political climate. The objective of this lesson is to examine the use of dialogue in describing Kenyan politics.
1) Class discussion: Where does Mugo live? What is his village like? What do many of the people do for a living? How do they feel about their country? How does Mugo feel about talking to his neighbors? How can you tell? What do they call their upcoming independence? How do they describe this independence? How does Mugo react to talk of independence? Who talks about black freedom? How is black freedom described? How do the villagers seem to feel about this freedom? How does Mugo seem to feel about this freedom? What worries some people about the freedom? Who mentions the Emergency? What was the Emergency? How does...
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