Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Chapters 1-2)
Americanah is a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This award-winning and best-selling novel explores themes of race, culture, immigration, identity, love, gender, and hope. In Part 1: Chapter 1, the reader is introduced to Ifemelu, a Nigerian-born American citizen as she travels from Princeton to Trenton, New Jersey, to have her hair braided. In this lesson, students will research author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, identify the narrative perspective of the novel, and analyze and discuss the settings of Princeton and Trenton, New Jersey.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the publication and reception of the novel Americanah. How many works has Adichie written? What awards did Americanah garnish? How well has the book sold since its publication?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read Part 1: Chapter 1 and discuss what has been established in this chapter. Where...
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