This Their Eyes Were Watching God: The Plot Unfolds lesson plan also includes:
How can a scene from a novel be different when represented on film? After creating a timeline from the plot of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, kids watch the first or last fifteen minutes of the film version, produced by Oprah Winfrey. They address the changes in the adaptation, and why those changes were made by the screenwriter. Before they finish the last few chapters of the book for homework, have your class write their own conclusion and come up with an alternate title for the novel.
- Show more of the film to facilitate a longer discussion or a writing project
- Because the film was made for television, there is no MPAA rating; check with your school's policies on unrated films
- The activities in the lesson may be too long for a standard class period, but ideal for an extended period or several classes during the week