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Examine the devastation that can come with colonialism. Defined here are the events that followed King Leopold's take over of the Belgian Congo. The treatment of native Congolese people, The Kurtz cult, and Joseph Conrad's observational novel, The Heart of Darkness are all discussed.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Joseph Conrad's Lord JimStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Use this presentation throughout your unit or lecture series on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The first part of the slideshow provides a brief biography of Conrad, and is followed by a discussion on his more prominent themes. The last part of the presentation could accompany a class reading of Heart of Darkness, as it discusses key plot points and quotations from the novel.
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 21 short answer and essay questions about Joseph Conrad's Lord JimStudents may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on The Secret Keeper. Students may also access an online quiz on the selection using the link at the bottom of the page.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions based on The Secret Sharer. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Joseph Conrad's Lord JimStudents may check some of their answers online.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Joseph Conrad's Heart of DarknessStudents may check some of their answers online.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Joseph Conrad's Heart of DarknessStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Students interpret the resolution of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. In this literature lesson, students discuss the ending of the novella and Conrad's intentions in ending it the way he did. Students then write alternative endings for the story.
In this literary analysis worksheet, students thoroughly respond to 16 short answer questions from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, pages 47-62.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, high schoolers respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Conrad's Lord JimStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
High schoolers participate in completing a worksheet where they have to match the authors to the short story or book that they wrote. They have studied English Literature Authors, so this is an assessment piece type of activity.
An interesting glimpse of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, this presentation provides several pertinent quotes from the novel to support various themes. In the context of a larger unit, this powerpoint could be helpful; however, on its own it's simply a series of quotes from the book with a few quotes of critique at the end. A teacher could take advantage of the provided quotes to organize a discussion in class.
Heart of Darkness can challenge even the best readers. Here's a pre-reading strategy that will engage class members and provide background and context for Conrad's study of racism, savagery and imperialism. Class members brainstorm, list, sort, and group vocabulary they associate with "Africans." Readers revise the posted charts as they progress through the text and expand their knowledge and understanding.
A good review after your class reads Parts 1 and 2 of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, these slides provide thematic details and important plot points, substantiated by relevant quotes from the text. This presentation could be easily broken up into at least two different lectures, as slides 1-18 cover Part 1 of the novel and slides 19-31 detail Part 2. The points made in the presentation could lead to a great class discussion and even an essay topic or two.
In this comprehension worksheet, students complete 16 short answer response questions related to pages 32-46 of the novel. Questions range from basic recall to critical thinking.
In this comprehension worksheet, students complete 10 questions about pages 63-72 of the novel. Questions range from basic recall to critical thinking.
“There is no story that is not true.” And Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, uses proverbs (“. . .the palm-oil with which words are eaten”), a compelling tragic hero, and historic events, to engage readers in the truth of his story of the culture clash between an African society and European colonialism. Here’s a study guide that does justice to the novel, that teaches, focuses attention on key events and concepts, and asks readers to make connections.
  • Part I, chapters 1-13, focuses on Igbo cultural values and beliefs. Readers contrast the various villages’ practices to Western traditions, and consider their personal responses as well.
  • Part II, chapters 14-19, asks readers to look at Oknokwo as a classic tragic hero and to examine the similarities and differences between the religious beliefs of the Igbo and the Christian missionaries.
  • The final portion of the study guide, chapters 20-25, considers the European colonial presence and asks readers to consider how and why things fell apart.
Cuneiforms and characters, hieroglyphics and cartouches, Morse code and Pig Latin. Who invented writing? Why, the Sumerians and the Chinese, of course. Viewers watch as the video narrator details the development of writing from art, which is drawing what you mean, to rebus writing, i.e. using pictures to represent words or parts of words, to symbols that represent sounds, to phonetic alphabets known as cuneiforms. Viewers are also offered opportunities to test their recall of information presented in the video (Think), to think critically about the information (Dig Deeper), and to Discuss the implications of the materials presented.

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