Lesson Plan : African Proverb Illustration

Teacher Name:
 Heather Tabeek
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 African proverbs (in conjunction with the novel Things Fall Apart)
Content:
 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe African proverbs and how they are used to explain or teach
Goals:
 Students will understand how proverbs are used by different cultures to simplify a philosophical belief or explain a basic life truth. Students will be able to compare sayings they're familiar with to some of the proverbs they will read.
Objectives:
 TLW understand the meanings of selected African proverbs and their purpose. TLW plan and create an illustration of a chosen proverb.
Materials:
 Several African proverbs (from textbook or Things Fall Apart) Poster board Markers, colored pencils, crayons (general arts supplies to be used at teacher's discretion)
Introduction:
 Students have been introduced to the use of proverbs in Things Fall Apart. They will review by discussing the importance of proverbs in different cultures.
Development:
 The teacher will read aloud a proverb, and then explain what the proverb means to him or her. Note that the proverb may be interpreted more than one way, but the class should try to come to a close agreement.
Practice:
 Students should follow the teacher's example. Volunteers will read a proverb from the textbook aloud and offer their interpretations of the meaning. Several students should be given the chance to participate in this way.
Accommodations:
 For students who need to see an example, the teacher may choose a proverb to discuss with the class. Once a meaning has been determined, the teacher will illustrate that meaning on the board using the students' suggestions.
Checking For Understanding:
 The teacher should circulate around the room while students are working. This allows students to ask questions during the process and allows the teacher to see how students are thinking.
Closure:
 Finished products are to be displayed. Students may wish to judge another class's posters and offer rewards.
Evaluation:
 Evaluations should include whether students followed directions and how well the illustration shows the meaning of the chosen proverb. Neatness and originality can be taken into consideration.

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