Things Fall Apart

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Okonkwo's life, family, actions, and culture are the focus of a literary crossword puzzle. As high schoolers finish Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, they answer the clues to review key details from the tragic tale.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a warm-up activity after finishing the novel
  • Have partners work on the puzzle together during class
  • Assign as homework after learners have finished reading
Classroom Considerations

  • Mostly discusses plot points from the book, not deeper themes

  • Provides an answer key with two sets of solutions
  • One-page format makes it easy to copy and distribute

  • None
Common Core