The novel, Second-Class Citizen by Buchi Emechata tells the story of a young, determined woman, Adah Ofili whose ambition to live a better life than her parents did led her through a series of setbacks and regrets. Set in Lagos and England between the 1940s and 1970s, the author highlights, in the novel, the racial and gender discrimination predominant in the African and European societies of that period, but still plagues us till date.
Second-Class Citizen is one of the Nigerian texts prescribed for the 2021 – 2025 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). This 41-page teaching guide is the first ever to be published on this text. It contains vocabulary words and activities, chapter by chapter comprehension questions, writing prompts and guides, group discussion prompts, stimulating activities that promote creativity and critical thinking plus post reading projects where students can have fun while creating solutions to real life problems.
My goal is to have students fully engaged in the text through rigorous and practical steps. At the end, they understand the text well enough to create their own meaning out of it. I hope you have fun adapting these ideas in your classroom, as I did writing them. Click here to download. Remember to leave some feedback behind!