Lesson 1 (from Chapter One)
Students will be introduced to contemporary South African society and the country’s history of Apartheid. They will learn to analyze how the setting of a story can be integral to the plot of a novel.
The Woman Next Door is a novel written by South African author Yawande Omotoso that takes place in contemporary South Africa. The setting is extremely important to the characters and plot of the novel, as one of the major themes--race--is directly tied to South Africa’s history of Apartheid and its lingering effects still felt today. In this lesson, students will discuss and learn more about this history, its global relevance, and its impact on the world of the novel.
Class Discussion: Students will begin by sharing their pre-existing knowledge of South African history and Apartheid. The teacher can record both correct ideas and misconceptions on the board to...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.7, 9-10.9, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.7, 11-12.10
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