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.

Unit Introduction

by Martha Sutro
Unit summary, Main Ideas, Key Questions
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Chapters 1-6 Materials

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Anticipation Guide, Questions for Discussion and Analysis, Reading Questions, Think Aloud
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Chapters 7-14 Materials

by Martha Sutro
Anticipation Guide, Reading Questions, Questions for Discussion and Analysis, Think Aloud
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Chapters 15-20 Materials

by Martha Sutro
Anticipation Guide, Reading Questions, Questions for Discussion and Analysis, Think Aloud
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Four lesson plans including:
  1. The Journey of Self-Discovery
2. Powerful Symbols of the Novel 3. Artistic Representations of Janie's "Great Tree" 4. Personification in the Language of Zora Neale Hurston
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Unit Assessment

by Martha Sutro
Formal assessment to be taken at the completion of studying the novel.
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Wiki Lesson Plans

by Martha Sutro
Four lesson plans including:
  1. The Journey of Self-Discovery
2. Powerful Symbols of the Novel 3. Artistic Representations of Janie's "Great Tree" 4. Personification in the Language of Zora Neale Hurston
Curriki Rating3

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