Lesson 1 (from Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapters 1 - 2)
This lesson introduces students to Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's historical novel, Weep Not, Child, and focuses on setting and historical context. Weep Not, Child is set in the village of Mahua in Kenya in the 1940s and 1950s. The Mau Mau Uprising (1952-1964) is the central backdrop of the narrative. Students in this lesson will research this conflict and will analyze and discuss the setting as established by the author in Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 1.
Research Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on the history of British Kenya. When did the British Empire take control of Kenya? How did this occur? What brought about Kenya’s independence from Great Britain?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each to read Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapter 1. As a group, discuss the setting that the author establishes in this chapter. How...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.6, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.8, 11-12.8
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