Text: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – required. Hard copy required.

    Before commencing your careful but leisurely reading, go to the NPR site below and read a transcript of the author’s interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross

     'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S. : NPR


    Jun 27, 2013 - When the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was growing up in Nigeria she was not used to being identified by the color of her skin.

    First of all, read this GREAT novel for pleasure marking up with sticky notes or marginal notes or just simply reading in dedicated blocks of time.  Once you have finished your reading, please complete the following assignment for the opening of school.

    • Select FIVE quotes, one quote from each part of Americanah (there are five parts) that illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole (themes). Select quotes with evocative language.
    • Write a short commentary (500- 750 words) on the significance on each selected quote. Successful commentaries will be marked by attention to not only the question of WHAT is said but to that of HOW it is said(e.g. voice or point-of-view, language, devices).
    • Type up your work. 12 pt font. Double spaced. Times New Roman. Number your quotes, cite your quotes correctly and type up each commentary below each quote.
    • These quotes will serve as the basis for a Socratic Seminar on Americanah during the first week of school .

    I look forward to seeing you all in August and to a year of GREAT BOOKS.



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