Their Eyes Were Watching God: Biography

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Introduce your unit on Their Eyes Were Watching God with a biography lesson about the author, Zora Neale Hurston. A 16-minute audio track depicts Hurston's contribution to both the literary world and to the Harlem Renaissance, and features several speakers. They create a presentation based on this information, and on what they read from three essays (all attached). Bringing prior knowledge to the unit, kids write about a moment or event that changed the way they see the world, and then read Chapter 1 of the book.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the materials in a unit on Their Eyes Were Watching God, or in a shorter lesson about the writing process or authors of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Have kids create a comic strip with illustrations instead of writing an essay about their experience
Classroom Considerations
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  • All auxiliary files are attached in a zip file
  • Speakers include authors Alice Walker, Bret Lott, and Jerry Pinkney, professors Azar Nafisi and Carla Kaplan, and actress Ruby Dee
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