The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 2: Key Themes - The Second Coming

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How does the cultural context of Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, connect to the context of William Bulter Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming" from which Achebe drew his title? Class members use the Syncon (synergistic convergence) technique to analyze the poem and then consider what the two texts have to say about the challenges of conversing across cultures.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Preview the various YouTube readings of the Yeats' poem to determine which, if any, is appropriate for your learning situation
Classroom Considerations

  • Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart serves as the anchor text for the unit
  • The second in a 13-lesson unit, designed specifically for identified gifted and talented learners, that uses a variety of texts to explore the concept of diversity and the challenges of communicating across diverse cultures

 

 

Pros

  • The nine-page resource includes the plan, a link to an audio version of the poem, a description of and worksheets for the Syncon technique, directed reading questions, and a list of archetypal symbols found in the poem for readers to analyze
Cons

  • Some class members may need additional support to make the connection between Yeats' poem and the unit's essential question