Versions of A True Story

Versions of A True Story

Impressions of the Missionaries


At this point, you’ve read about the introduction of the European missionaries into three communities: Abame, Mbanta, and Umuofia. You’ve seen how different characters react to and perceive these missionaries. What will different groups remember about the missionaries’ arrival?

  • Take a few minutes to complete the Impressions of the Missionaries chart before discussing it with your classmates.

Missionaries' Arrival

Work Time

Create a Dialectical Journal #5 and complete a Dialectical Journal entry.

  • With your group, create a Dialectical Journal entry highlighting the events your group would be most likely to remember from the missionaries’ arrival. In your analysis, explain how your character would interpret each event.

Each of you should record the quotation and take notes on the analysis, even though you are working together. You will be returning to your Dialectical Journal entries for writing assignments later in the unit, and you will want to be able to access your work.

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.

Different Accounts


Although each group worked with the same text and the same facts, the accounts they created were very different.

  • How did the reports differ from each other?
  • How can factual accounts still show a bias, depending on point of view?
  • How did language and word choice influence the spin of each report?

Open Notebook

Personal Journal- Entry #10 and Things Fall Apart


Complete another personal journal entry.

  • What is your opinion about the clash of cultures, based on what you have read so far in Things Fall Apart ? How does your opinion compare to that of your character?

Open Notebook

Read Chapters 18 and 19 of Things Fall Apart. Continue to add to your Personal Glossary as you read.