Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Introduction

In Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel about the deep South, gender roles, and women’s liberation from oppressive social norms we follow our protagonist, Janie Starks, as she negotiates a complicated landscape of sexism and racism in her search to find herself.

Classwork|Homework

Here’s a worksheet on chapters 2+3

And here’s one more worksheet on chapters 4-6

Here’s the set of questions for chapters 5-8

Here’s the first set of passages that we used for our close readings.

This is the second set of passages.

(Oh, here’s the list of things you should be learning to do while you do a close reading).

Here’s the short list of questions that we used to discuss the symbolic importance of the hurricane in chapter 18.

These are the discussion questions for the final two charts of the novel (full disclosure: these ones are not original).

Here’s the prompt for our Final Essay.

Extra Stuff

We’ll start off our unit about Hurston and her work by looking at her stories “Sweat” and “The Gilded Six-Bits.” You can find both of those stories, as well as some excellent analysis of them here.

Also, here’s a link to the Sparknotes summary and analysis. If you fall behind on the reading, or just need a little help understanding, check it out. But remember, reading Sparknotes isn’t a substitute for reading. You still need to read the book.

I love this short video. It does a wonderful job setting up Hurston’s work, and provides some insight into her reasons for writing the way she does.