SFHS IB Class of 2024, you have a Summer Assignment for Summer 2020 for your English class. This is a requirement and neglecting to complete this assignment will result in dismissal from the program. Please see below.
English 1 PIB 9th grade 2020 summer reading assignment
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Understand the theme of change versus tradition and the result of the cultural collision.
- Understand how manliness is defined within Igbo society and how it changes over time.
- Understand the role of women within this society.
- Know the significant values and beliefs within Igbo society.
- Understand the reasons that Igbo society becomes “colonized”.
The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery. … This continued until the Africans themselves, in the middle of the twentieth century, took into their own hands the telling of their story."
-- (Chinua Achebe, “An African Voice”)
Summer assignment for the reading:
Select a character in the novel, such as Okonkwo, Obierika, Unoka, Ekwefi, Ezinma, Nwoye, or Ikemefuna, and rewrite a scene from his or her voice and position.
Answer the following questions prior to rewriting the scene:
What role does the character play in the novel?
Which scene would be appropriate to rewrite from this character's perspective? (The confrontations between the white men and the Igbo people are good incidents to use for the rewrite, as they can reinforce the colonialist/native point of view.)
Use the character's actions, observations about the character made by other characters or by the character him- or herself within the text, narrative description, and your own impressions to describe the character and infer a point of view.
Turn in your rewrite on the first day of class for a quiz grade.
Also be prepared to write about or discuss the objectives outlined above.