Reading skills: Pre-1900 unseen fiction - Heart of Darkness

In this lesson, we’ll be examining an adapted extract from the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. We'll start by locating the text within its context of writing and then thinking about how the issues it raises around colonialism can be considered today. Whilst reading the extract, we will be following our reading strategy routines. You will be provided with prompt questions to help you track your way through the text systematically, thinking about what happens – first / next / then and finally. It is also an opportunity for you to start making your own observations. At the close of the lesson, we will complete the process by considering ‘big picture’ interpretations and reflecting on our personal responses to the text.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Q1.Which option is not true of the function of an ending?

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Q2.What is a parallel narrative?

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Q3.Which definition best matches a narrative story?

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Q4.What is a third person limited narrative?

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Q5.What is it called when the main character is telling the story?

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.Which option is not true of the function of an ending?

1/5

Q2.What is a parallel narrative?

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Q3.Which definition best matches a narrative story?

3/5

Q4.What is a third person limited narrative?

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Q5.What is it called when the main character is telling the story?

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Fiction: reading and descriptive writing

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Q1.Where is the Congo River?

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Q2.What was the item the westerners wanted from the Congo?

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Q3.What was the role of the Christian missionaries?

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Q4.Conrad was originally born where?

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Q5.Conrad suggests that the "heart of darkness" is within us all. If so, what sort of conflict is he suggesting?

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Fiction: reading and descriptive writing

Lesson 21 of 25

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.Where is the Congo River?

1/5

Q2.What was the item the westerners wanted from the Congo?

2/5

Q3.What was the role of the Christian missionaries?

3/5

Q4.Conrad was originally born where?

4/5

Q5.Conrad suggests that the "heart of darkness" is within us all. If so, what sort of conflict is he suggesting?

5/5

Lesson summary: Reading skills: Pre-1900 unseen fiction - Heart of Darkness

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