Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The novel begins with the main character, Okonkwo defeating Amalinze the Cat, establishing him as a hero and leader in the nine villages. His personality is depicted as full of energy, anger and hastiness. He is impatient with the failures of others and short-tempered with his family.
The objective of this lesson is to look closely at Okonkwo to determine how emotions play an important role in this main character's life both in beneficial and destructive ways.
1) Have the students construct a word list of all the emotions describing Okonkwo in the first chapter. The students can print, cut out, or use a word processor to form the words into a collage.
2) Okonkwo is impatient and disgusted with his father's failures as a provider for his family and a respected member of the clan Have a class discussion of how the students regard someone as...
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