#3C: Pre-Reading Activity

  • Standards: 
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Content and Grade Level: 10th Grade English
  • Theme: Tradition and Change
  • Essential Question: Can we respect tradition while continuing to make progress?
  • Topical Questions: What are the advantages and disadvantages of progressing within a society? Why is it important to preserve tradition? Why is it important for societies to continually change and evolve?
  • Anchor Text: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

For my pre-reading strategy, I chose an anticipation guide. In using an anticipation guide, I can gauge how my students feel about certain issues, while also getting them familiar with the issues that will come up as we read the text. Below I have provided an example of the participation guide I may give students:

Fill in each blank with an “A” for “agree” or a “D” for disagree:

  1. _____ It is okay for a person to have more than one spouse.
  2. _____ Christianity is the true religion.
  3. _____ Being masculine depends on physical strength.
  4. _____ A woman can be intuitive about the health of her child.
  5. _____ Men should be intimately involved in raising children.
  6. _____ Accidental manslaughter should be punished severely.
  7. _____ Ancestors have great influence in our present-day lives.
  8. _____ Hard work is the road to self-respect.
  9. _____ A parent should have much control over the future of her/his
  10. _____ Justice is served in the court system.

After discussing the students’ answers as a class, we will all be a little bit more familiar with how we all feel about the issues that will come up in the text, and the students know what to expect as they read throughout the unit.


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