Instructional Video

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God is the subject of a Crash Course Literature episode narrated by John Green. Here, Green shares the critical reactions to the novel as well as his own thoughts about its importance.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Find Alice Walker's poem "Janie Crawford" here
  • Use the video to stimulate interest in the novel
  • Preview the video to determine if appropriate for your class
Classroom Considerations
  • Episode 1 in The Crash Course Literature series
  • Viewers should be familiar with the narrator's protocols which include asides and jokes
  • The video includes information about Hurston's early life, education, and writings
  • The speaker's rapid delivery may disconcert some viewers; therefore, pause frequently to check for understanding