Teacher Guide

Heart of Darkness Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will be able to understand the elements of Joseph Conrad's life and experiences that shaped his worldview and writings.

  2. 2

    Students will be able to analyze the historical and cultural framing for the novel.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to read Heart of Darkness with an eye to the linguistic and thematic details that mark Conrad's style.

  4. 4

    Students will be able to analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the notable ideas and important themes in Heart of Darkness.

  5. 5

    Students will be able to evaluate the historical and cultural...

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