The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 9: Debating Imperialism

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To gain an understanding of Imperialism, class members read Rudyard Kipling's poem, "The White Man's Burden" and Mark Twain's essay, "To the Person Sitting in Darkness." Groups compare these perceptions of non-white cultures with the points of view in Things Fall Apart, and then conduct research into the British in India in preparation for a debate.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson to permit more time to research the British Raj
  • Project some of the images of Imperialism found on the Internet, and then ask class members to craft their own
Classroom Considerations

  • The ninth 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 six-page packet includes the plan, links to documents and video clips related to the British Raj, and to resources for setting up debates
Cons

  • The final assignment presumes class members know how to create a Wiki Page