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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