Task: Research the sites below and find 2 interesting things that you will share with a peer and also write on your exit slip under the category "2 things I learned today."
Today's TED Talk: "The danger of a single story"
For more information on Chimamanda Adichie, check out her official website.
For an NPR article about Chimamanda Adichie, check out "Irritation and Space: A Nigerian Writer in America"
Adichie mentions several authors in her talk, including Chinua Achebe, a fellow Nigerian and author of the famous 1958 novel Things Fall Apart.
For further exploration, think about how a novel like Things Fall Apart challenges the "single story" of Africa put forth by Western authors such as Rudyard Kipling and Joseph Conrad.
Continue to think about the communities to which you belong. Is there a "single story" of your community? Your hometown? Your country? How did that "single story" come about? What is true about that story? What isn't? Has the "single story" changed over time?
Rudyard Kipling, "The White Man's Burden"
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Chinua Achebe, "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness"