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Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston

Do you know why woodpeckers have red heads? Why the possum has no hair on its tail? Why a cat has nine lives? Find out by downloading this resource that uses Zora Neale Hurston's collection Mules and Men as the basis of a study of folktales.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To prepare readers for Their Eyes Were Watching God examine the dialect in several of the tales from Mules and Men using the provided pronunciation guide
  • Audio tapes of Hurston reading some of the tales can be downloaded from Florida Memory

  • Of particular value is the introductory mini-biography of Zora Neale Hurston
  • The intro also includes summaries of several of the tales in Mules and Men
  • The suggested activities can be easily adapted to any folk tale unit

  • Rather than a unit plan, consider the resource a collection of activities that can be used with Hurston's tales or any study of folktales

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