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SS2 Third Term Literature In English Lesson Note and Scheme of Work

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SS2 Third Term Literature In English Lesson Note and Scheme of Work


Week 1: Introduction to Third Term


Orientation on the upcoming literary focus

Overview of the term’s syllabus and objectives

Introduction to the new text: “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Reading assignment: Chapters 1-3

Week 2: Analyzing “Half of a Yellow Sun”


Character analysis and discussion of the novel’s historical context

Exploration of themes related to the Biafran War

Group discussions on the impact of war on individuals and societies

Assigning essays on historical fiction and its role in preserving collective memory

Week 3: Contemporary African Poetry


Exploration of poetry from various African countries

Analysis of selected contemporary poems

Group discussions on modern themes in African poetry

Creative writing exercise: composing a poem inspired by contemporary issues

Week 4: Post-Colonial Perspectives in Drama


Reading and analysis of “The Man Died: Prison Notes” by Wole Soyinka

Discussion on post-colonial themes and activism in Soyinka’s work

Group activity: dramatizing key excerpts from the text

Assigning essays on the role of literature in post-colonial societies

Week 5: Nigerian Drama – “The Trials of Brother Jero”


Introduction to the play by Wole Soyinka

Analysis of satire and religious themes

Group discussions on the socio-political commentary in the play

Role-playing scenes and exploring alternative endings

Week 6: Comparative Analysis of Novels


Comparative study of “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Anthills of the Savannah”

Group discussions on the portrayal of historical events in literature

Writing assignment: Comparative essay on the two novels

Peer review session

Week 7: Exploring Oral Literature


Introduction to African oral literature traditions

Guest speaker or performance showcasing oral storytelling

Group discussions on the importance of oral literature in preserving culture

Creative project: adapting a traditional oral story into a written narrative

Week 8: Literary Criticism and Analysis


Introduction to literary criticism techniques

Group analysis of critical essays on selected texts

Workshop on writing literary criticism essays

Homework: Draft a critical analysis of a chosen text

Week 9: Environmental Themes in Literature


Analysis of literature addressing environmental issues

Group discussions on the role of literature in promoting environmental awareness

Creative writing exercise: crafting a short story with an environmental theme

Reading assignment: Eco-poetry selections

Week 10: Poetry for Social Change


In-depth analysis of poems advocating for social change

Group discussions on the power of poetry in activism

Creative project: creating a poetry anthology on social justice issues

Homework: Reflect on the impact of literature on social change

Week 11: Revision Week


Comprehensive review of all texts and topics covered in the third term

Group study sessions for peer teaching

Practice exams to assess understanding

Q&A session to address any lingering questions

Week 12: Examination Week


Final examination covering all texts and topics studied in the third term

Stressing the importance of critical thinking and analysis

Post-exam discussion and reflection

Guidance on exam preparation for the next academic year

Week 13: School Dismissal Week


Reflection on the academic year’s literary journey

Distribution of report cards and personalized feedback

Encouragement for continued reading and exploration over the break.

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