ERIC Number: ED478843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul-9
Reference Count: N/A
Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God." [Lesson Plan].
Zora Neale Hurston's work is lively, lyrical, funny, and poignant, but this consummate literary craftsperson was also a first-rate ethnographer, conducting field work for Franz Boas and for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). "Their Eyes Were Watching God," often acclaimed as Hurston's masterpiece, is perhaps the richest beneficiary of her work as a folklorist: its evocation of "picking in the jook joint, playing the dozens, and petitioning root doctors" offers a compelling synthesis of ethnological reality and lively characterization and setting. This lesson plan for grades 9-12 focuses on the way Hurston incorporates, adapts, transforms, and comments on black folklife in "Their Eyes Were Watching God." The lesson plan offers an introduction; cites subject areas, time required, and skills developed; poses a guiding question; lists learning objectives; provides strategies to teach the lesson; suggests diverse classroom activities; presents additional activities to extend the lesson; lists selected Websites; and addresses standards alignment. Folklore terminology and sample worksheets are attached. (NKA)
Descriptors: Black Culture, Class Activities, Curriculum Enrichment, Fiction, Folk Culture, High Schools, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Literary Criticism, Skill Development, Standards, Student Educational Objectives
For full text: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson_index.asp.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: MCI WorldCom, Arlington, VA.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.; National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
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