Whew. We're just about done with Okonkwo and his tribe. I must say, its a bit of a dry book but this year I tried to connect it more to our world and I think it worked a little. Through class discussions about themes - hospitality, kingship, courage, and achievements - we were able to see how the Ibo people value these elements as do Americans. We analyzed Okonkwo's faults - and they found several - and then I challenged the kids to turn those faults to virtues. Good stuff came out of that discussion too. So I don't know that they are loving this book, but I hope it is decent anyway. And little do my students know that all of this is priming them for the next round of work: masks, building villages, culture research, and analytical paper to name a few! Stay tuned for those assignments and photos.
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