Their Eyes Were Watching God: Themes of the Novel

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Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God presents three strong central themes: a woman's voice, race, and religion. After finishing the novel for homework the night before, kids address these themes in a discussion and writing assignment with three discussion questions for each. For homework, they read the novel's Afterward and plan out their final essay (topics are provided on the unit's main page).

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Consider weaving the three themes throughout the novel unit, having kids take notes on examples of each as they read each chapter
  • Break the class into groups and have each group discuss an assigned theme, preparing to present what they have discovered
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