Their Eyes Were Watching God: Figurative Language

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Zora Neale Hurston's beautiful language in Their Eyes Were Watching God is not only a pleasure to read, it helps to further the plot and character development. Once your class has finished Chapter 6 of the novel, have them discuss examples of simile, metaphor, personification, and symbolism that they have found. Expand the discussion to include recurring symbols in a writing assignment that kids can complete independently or in a group. For homework, they read Chapters 7-9 and observe the changes in Janie's voice.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair the activities with other novels that are especially rich in figurative language
  • Have learners create a poem based on the descriptions and language in the first six chapters of the novel
  • Take this opportunity to clarify the difference between figurative language and images that are meant to be taken literally
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