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This page offers a Teacher Toolbox, a set of materials on the current KCC Reads book teachers can use, adapt or be inspired by: course syllabi, classroom exercises, assignments, exams, etc. In the English department, we have developed a number of such toolboxes that are used by members of our faculty—when teaching a course for the first time, for example, or when newly hired, and thus needing to familiarize themselves with assigned courses and with Kingsborough practices.

In connection with KCC Reads, we assemble this Teacher Toolbox for similar reasons. Many faculty adopting the book are teaching it for the first time. And so, this set of teaching materials can be most helpful.

Please read through the material below and use or adapt whatever parts are useful for your class. Know that this page is a work in progress. Any questions or ideas, suggestions for improvement, and, most especially, any additional teaching materials you have for inclusion in the Toolbox would be very much appreciated. If so, please send them to us at: kccreads@kbcc.cuny.edu.

KCC Reads

Teacher Toolbox:  Americanah

Class Materials  |  Online Resources  | Video Files  |  Audio Files  |  LINKS

 

~Teaching Materials & Readings: Individual Teachers & Classes~

 

Prof Maureen Fadem will use the following materials in connection with teaching Americanah:

My Syllabus for English 67, Women's Literature: 

My Syllabus for English 12, Freshman Composition: 

My Course Packet (of readings related to Americanah) for both classes:

 I will also teach the 2002 FILM Dirty Pretty Things, with Americanah, a story that dovetails with Americanah in various ways, particularly that the main character, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is Nigerian, and that, like Obinze, he winds up in London as an illegal immigrant while dreaming of being in New York City:. Here is the IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301199/

 

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~Online Teaching Resources~
 
Penn State's Common Reading Program Adopted Americanah - their Resource Guide:
 
From the African American Intellectual History Society: On Teaching Americanah:
 
 
Notable Reviews of Americanah:

New York Times Book Review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/books/review/americanah-by-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie.html

 NPR: http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/183997348/a-different-kind-of-immigrant-experience-in-americanah

The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/book-review-americanah-by-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie/2013/06/10/a9e5a522-d1de-11e2-9f1a-1a7cdee20287_story.html

The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/apr/15/americanah-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-review

The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2013/05/18/book-review-americanah-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie/AXdQoMj7lrdWErOiE8P8xJ/story.html

The Independent (London):

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/review-americanah-by-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-8571992.html

 

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~Video File Teaching Aids~

A group of experts at the CUNY Graduate Center discussion the current immigration debates:

https://youtu.be/5YDtCcK96h4

 

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~Audio File Teaching Aids~

 

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~LINKS~ 
 
Other Writings or Talks by the author, Chimamanda Adichie:
 
  Adichie's Commencement Address at Wellesley, 5/29/15: https://youtu.be/RcehZ3CjedU 

Chimamanda Adichie's much loved "TED TALKS":

"The Danger of a Single Story": http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

"We Should All Be Feminists": http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/We-should-all-be-feminists-Chim

Interview: "We Should All Be Feminists": http://www.vogue.com/946843/chimamanda-ngozi-adicihie-feminism-beyonce-book/

A short story by Chimamanda Adichie in The New Yorker:
 
An article by Chimamanda Adichie in Elle magazine:
 
 Some Interviews on Americanah with the Author:
 
An interview with Adichie in The New Yorker from August 2015:
 
Other Interviews on Americanah

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/07/286903648/americanah-author-explains-learning-to-be-black-in-the-u-s

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie/

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/21/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-interview

http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2013/apr/07/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-americanah-interview

 http://billmoyers.com/2014/12/16/nigerian-author-chimananda-ngozi-adichie-identity/

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/06/life-across-borders-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-talks-about-americanah/?_r=0

http://www.artsatl.com/2014/03/qa-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-americanah/

https://youtu.be/2ijEqposkyk

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-americanah/#_

 
Other Links:
 
Chimamanda Adichie's Website
 
 Adichie Launches Real-Life Americanah Blog:
 
 
 
 
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Books are available, for as long as they last, in Room M-386

Americanah is available at Bookshare.org for students with print disabilities. See AccessAbility for more info: D-205, x5175.

This Teacher Toolbox is always under construction -- please send us your materials, resources or suggestions!

 

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