Their Eyes Were Watching God: Culture and History

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A 13-minute audio guide begins the second lesson of a unit on Zora Neale Hurtson's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Once they have listened to the guide and read Chapter 1 of the novel, kids discuss the story as an example of oral storytelling. They then listen to several clips of jazz music to put the story in historical context. After using essays provided in the Reader's Guide to learn more about the author and her era, learners answer discussion questions and read the next few chapters of the book.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the second track of the audio guide for homework, play it aloud in class, or have learners listen to it independently in a computer lab
  • You can break the lesson into several class periods, as it has many activities that require time to complete
Classroom Considerations
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  • Includes all additional materials, including essays and audio guides, in an attached zip file and URLs
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