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Students will read, discuss, and give written responses and illustrated interpretations to Zora Neale Hurston's novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Analysis of the novel will focus on the major themes: journey of self-discovery; cultural identity and pride; love in marriage; and exploitation and racism within an oppressed group. In drawing on the themes, students will also consider personal, social, and societal connections to the novel.

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10

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English

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1b: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1d: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1e: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2b: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2d: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2e: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2f: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3b: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3d: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3e: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.9a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Apply grades 9—10 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work [e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare]").

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.9b: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Apply grades 9—10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., "Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning").

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.10: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5b: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1: English Language Arts/Literacy

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2: English Language Arts/Literacy

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3: English Language Arts/Literacy

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4: English Language Arts/Literacy

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5: English Language Arts/Literacy

Analyze how an author?s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6: English Language Arts/Literacy

Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1a: English Language Arts/Literacy

Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1b: English Language Arts/Literacy

Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience?s knowledge level and concerns.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1c: English Language Arts/Literacy

Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1d: English Language Arts/Literacy

Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1e: English Language Arts/Literacy

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2a: English Language Arts/Literacy

Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2b: English Language Arts/Literacy

Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience?s knowledge of the topic.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2c: English Language Arts/Literacy

Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2d: English Language Arts/Literacy

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2e: English Language Arts/Literacy

Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2f: English Language Arts/Literacy

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3a: English Language Arts/Literacy

Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3b: English Language Arts/Literacy

Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3c: English Language Arts/Literacy

Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3d: English Language Arts/Literacy

Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3e: English Language Arts/Literacy

Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4: English Language Arts/Literacy

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5: English Language Arts/Literacy

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6: English Language Arts/Literacy

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology?s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7: English Language Arts/Literacy

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8: English Language Arts/Literacy

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.9a: English Language Arts/Literacy

Apply grades 9?10 Reading standards to literature (e.g., ?Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work [e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare]?).

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.9b: English Language Arts/Literacy

Apply grades 9?10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., ?Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning?).

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.10: English Language Arts/Literacy

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a: English Language Arts/Literacy

Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.

LA.9-10.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5b: English Language Arts/Literacy

Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

Thank you for taking the time to submit this wonderful and thorough resource to the Curriki community! It is complete and highly polished. It is user friendly and includes audio files to augment the learning experience. The lessons are clear and appropriate and include best practices in education. The content is well presented; the assessments are excellent and would be even more complete with the addition of an answer key for the multiple choice questions. Again, thank you for sharing this usable complete resource with educators around the wordl!
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Janet Pinto
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Janet Pinto
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Chantell Manahan
June 5, 2014

Thank you! This looks like a great resource you have put together!

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agreiner agreiner

This is a very insightful curriculum for teaching this novel. The directions are clear and the depth of student analysis needed to complete the lessons is refreshing! Thank you so much for your time and effort in creating such a wonderful teaching aid!

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