The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 5: The Tragic Hero

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Should identifying a tragic hero be based on a universal definition or a definition based on the morals and values of a specific culture? As part of a study of Things Fall Apart, class members read Sylvia Plath's "Colossus" and then compose an argumentative essay in which they take and support a stance on this question.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide class members the list of suggested instructional activities and have them chose one as an individual or group project
Classroom Considerations

  • The fifth 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
  • Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart serves as the anchor text for the unit
Pros

  • The 11-page packet includes the plan, reference worksheets, links to related materials on tragic heroes, biographical material on Plath, and close reading questions on her poem
Cons

  • None