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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Essay

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Table of Contents

Their Eyes Were Watching God
About This Literature Guide ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

4 How to Use Our Literature Guides …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5

A Note from the Author of This
Literature Guide ………………………………………………………………………………… 6

Standards Focus: Author Biography—Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)……………………………………………… 7

Standards Focus: Exploring Expository Writing ………………………………………………………………………………….. 8

Anticipation/Reaction Activity…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 9

Vocabulary List ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….11

Historical Context: The Town of Eatonville, Florida ……………………………………………………………………………12

Historical Context: African-American Oral Tradition…………………………………………………………………………13

Historical Context: Post-Civil War Segregation in America ………………………………………………………………..14

Historical Context: The “Great Migration” and the Harlem Renaissance……………………………………………..16

Standards Focus: Note-Taking Technique—Plot Map …………………………………………………………………………17

Chapters One-Three ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..18

Standards Focus: Plot Map……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..18

Standards Focus: Dialect………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..19

Standards Focus: Figurative Language ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………21

Standards Focus: Characterization …………………………………………………………………..22

Comprehension Check………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

.24Assessment Preparation: Word Roots …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….25

Chapters Four-Six ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………27

Focus: Plot Map……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..27

Standards Focus: Types of Conflict …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………28

Standards Focus: Allusions …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….30

Standards Focus: Imagery………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………32

Comprehension Check…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..34

Assessment Preparation: Vocabulary In Context……………………………………………………………………………………………..35

Chapters Seven-Nine ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….37

Standards Focus: Plot Map……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..37
Standards Focus: Point of View ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………38

Standards Focus: Analyzing Poetry…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………40

Comprehension Check…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..41

Assessment Preparation: Word Roots ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..42

Chapters Ten-Twelve……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….44

Standards Focus: Plot Map……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..44

Standards Focus: African-American Folklore in Their Eyes Were Watching God ……………………………………………..45

Comprehension Check…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..47

Assessment Preparation: Connotation/Denotation ………………………………………………………………………………………….48

Chapters Thirteen-Fifteen ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..50

Standards Focus: Plot Map……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..50

Focus: Voice ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….51

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