Versions of A True Story

A Factual Account

Work Time

Using your Dialectical Journal entry to structure your account, work with your character group to complete the following task.

  • Write a factual narrative from your character’s point of view describing the arrival of the missionaries in Umuofia.

Open Notebook

Do not give many opinions; this should be a report of events. But think carefully about which events your character would choose to relay, and what language he or she would use to describe these events. For example, would your character say that the missionaries invaded ,arrived in , orbravely ventured forth into Igbo territory?

Share your report with the class. What do you notice about the different accounts? Take notes as your classmates present: pay close attention to the differences between the accounts, and to how specific word choices influence your impressions.