Their Eyes Were Watching God: Symbols

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Emphasize the difference between literal and figurative language, as well as how each adds to the plot, with a lesson on Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Readers study the images of the pear tree, the street lamp, and the mule, and decide how the symbolism of each image impacts the story. The homework assignment prompt kids to read Chapters 10-12 and think critically about Janie's experiences.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Continue the discussion on symbolism with a group or individual writing assignment
  • Use the audio tracks (provided in a zip file) to further insight into Hurston's use of images
Classroom Considerations
  • Discussion may be best for an extended block period, or broken up into several different periods
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