Their Eyes Were Watching God - Michelle Yoo's Teaching ... Eyes Were Watching God ... Giovanni and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou in order to truly understand the female voice ... and figurative language.

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  • Yoo1

    TheirEyesWereWatchingGod

    Thisunitwillfocusonahandfulofsignificantconcepts.Itwillbeintroducedasacomingofagenovel.Asaclass,themanydifferentideasholdingthisnoveltogetherwillbeunveiled.Asanintroductorylesson,theclasswillreadashortstorybyZoraNealeHurstoncalledSpunkinordertobecomecomfortablewithheruseofdialect.Throughoutthelessons,thestudentswilluncovertheprominentoverarchingideasandconceptsthatdrivethisnovel.Studentswillusethisbackgroundknowledgeaswellastheirinterpretationsofeachcharacter,withtheirprimaryfocusonJanieinordertoconjuretheirownideasoflove,relationships,classstruggles,andracialdivisions.Asawaytoincorporatedifferentviewpointsandtoexposethestudentstodifferentwritingstyles,theywillalsoreadtwopoems:EgoTrippinbyNikkiGiovanniandStillIRisebyMayaAngelouinordertotrulyunderstandthefemalevoice.Theywillbeaskedtowritetwopapersusingthenovel,choosingfromahandfulofessaytopics.Attheendofthenovel,studentswillbeaskedtolookatthetextthroughacriticallensoftheirchoice.ThisculminatingpaperwillaskthestudentstocontemplatethenovelasawholeinordertoanalyzeanduncoverthemanylayersofnotonlyJanieCrawford,buttheentiretownofEatonvilleaswell.

    GradeLevel:12thGradeEnglishClassLength:46minuteperiodsClassSize:2530studentsMainText:ZoraNealeHurston,TheirEyesWereWatchingGodOtherTextsused:EgoTrippinbyNikkiGiovanni,StillIRisebyMayaAngelou,SpunkbyZoraNealeHurston.EssentialQuestions

    Whatistheroleofafemale?Notonlynowbutduringthistimeperiod? Whatislove? Whatdoesitmeantomature?Togrow,bothphysicallyandemotionally? Whatchallengesariseonthepathtodiscoveringonesidentity? Whatisthesignificanceofgenderdivisions?

    EnduringUnderstanding:Studentswill Studentswillunderstandthatgenderrolesdifferfromonetimeperiodtoanother. Studentswillunderstandthatlovetakesmanydifferentformsandwillcomewithmany

    differenthardships. Studentswillunderstandthepathonewomantakesinordertogainherindependence

    andachieveherownsenseofidentity.FacetsofUnderstanding:

    Explain: Therolesofthemaleandfemalecharactersinthenovel Janiesemotionaljourneywitheachrelationship(Logan,Jody,andTeaCake).

    Interpret:

  • Yoo2

    Thevalueofthefemalevoice. HowJaniehaschangedthroughoutthenovel. Hownotionsoflovechange. JaniesreturntoEatonvilleandthesignificanceofherjourneyback.

    Perspective:(Standard1:LanguageforInformationandUnderstanding) RecognizethebeliefsabouttheroleofAfricanAmericanwomeninnotonlytheSouth,

    butalsothenationasawholeduringthe1930s. Recognizethebeliefsaboutloveandmarriagefromtheperspectiveofayounggirl

    strugglingtofindherselfthroughothers.Empathizewith:(Standard2:LanguageforLiteraryResponseandExpression)

    Awomantrappedinherbeliefthatothersdefineheridentity. Thepowerofthefemalevoice,attemptingtoovercomeobstacles(poemsandnovel). Ayoungwomanonherpathtodiscoveringandacceptingherownidentity.

    SelfKnowledge: Reflectonlovesroleinyourlife. Reflectonhowoutsideforceshaveaffectedyourpursuitofdiscoveringself.

    ContentKnowledgeandSkills:(Standard3:LanguageforCriticalAnalysisandEvaluation) Floridaspoliticsandcultureinthe1930s(Eatonville,Florida). Closereading Annotation Writing(notonlythroughinclasswritingassignments,butthetwopapersthatwillbe

    completed).Assessments:

    Writtenresponsestoquestionsposedinclassstudentswillsharetheirresponses. Annotationcheckstomakesurestudentsareactivelyreading:Whatconfusedyou

    aboutlastnightsreading?Whatsurprisedyou?Whatdidyouenjoy?Whatdidyounotenjoy?Whatstruckyou?Etc.

    JaniesTransformationpaperafterstudentshavereaduptoChapter9. CulminatingActivity:Essaychosenfromessaytopics(Handout:EssayTopics)

  • Yoo3

    UNITPLAN(OVERVIEW)Lesson1:IntroductiontoZoraNealeHurstonandasaclassreadSpunk(Handouts12) HW:ReadandannotateEgoTrippin.Lesson2:ContinuationofHurstonlessonandresponsetoEgoTrippinbyNikki

    Giovannistudentswillhavereadthisthenightbefore,butitwillbereadaloudinclassagain.(Handout3)

    Lesson3:ContinuationofGiovannispoem.IntroduceconceptofthefemalevoiceusingEgoTrippinpoemaswellasStillIRisebyMayaAngelou.(Handout4)

    Lesson4:Introtonovel,BeginTheirEyesWereWatchingGodinclass HW: FinishChapter2andannotate.Lesson5:Discussiononchapters1and2,respondtoquestionsfoundduringreadingfor

    homework,addressconcepts/ideasfoundthroughannotation. HW:ReadChapter3andbegincharacterchartinordertotrackeachcharacter

    throughoutthenovel.Lesson6:DiscussChapter3andconceptsofloveandgender. HW:ReadChapter45Lesson7:DiscussionJanieandNanny.Whatdoesthisrelationshipsayaboutlove? HW:ReadChapter67Lesson8:IntroofJaniesTransformationessay(Handout5). HW:ReadChapter78Lesson9:Discussionaboutthedifferentviewpointsofloveandage. HW:ReadChapter9Lesson10:Discussionoftextrelatetosocietytodayandself/inclasswritingactivity:If

    youwereJanie HW:ReadChapter10andworkonessay.Lesson11:Discussionaboutgenderstereotypes(relatebacktodiscussionaboutfemale

    voice)andfigurativelanguage. HW:ReadChapter11andworkonessay.Lesson12:DiscussionaboutJanieasobjectandthemeninherlifeaspuppetmasters. HW:Essay#1due.Lesson13:Debriefaboutessayresponses.DidyouconnectwithJanie? HW:ReadChapters1214.Lesson14:Reinforcegenderrolestereotypesusingwhattheyknowfromthetextand

    whatwasdiscussedinclass. HW:ReadChapters1517Lesson15:DiscussiononthemeninthenovelandtheroletheyplayinJanieslife.How HasJaniecontinuedtotransform?Willshefindherindependence?DiscussFinalEssay

    topics(Handout6). HW:ReadChapters16endofthenovel.FinalEssaydue:Oneweekfromtoday.

    *Continuationlessons:discussionofendofthenovel,commentsaboutHurstonasawriter,

    Janieasacharacter,etc.

  • Yoo4

    Lesson1:IntroductiontoZoraNealeHurstonandreadSpunk.

    Aim:Howcandialecttellusmoreaboutthestory?DoNow:(10minutes)Howdoesthewaysomeonespeakschangeyourperceptionofthem?Discussion:(15minutes)Studentswillsharetheirresponses.ReadAloud:(20minutes)StudentswillreadaloudSpunkandmakenoteofthedifferentdialect.

    1. Whywasthiswrittenthisway?2. HowwoulditbedifferentifitwereinnormalEnglish?3. Whatisthisstoryabout?

    Homework:StudentswillreadEgoTrippinbyNikkiGiovanniandannotate(historicalreferences,whoisspeaking,whatisthepurposeofthispoem,etc.).Bepreparedtodiscussinclass.*Inclasstheywilllistentoareadingofthepoem:http://nikkigiovanni.com/egotrippingqt.shtmlinordertogainanewlayerofunderstandingtothepoem.

  • Yoo5

    Lesson8:IntroduceJaniesTransformationEssay

    Aim:Howcanourunderstandingofcharacterbeenhancedthroughaclosereadingofthetext?DoNow:MakeatimelineoftheprotagonistJanieCrawford.Besuretoincludeheragesthroughoutthenoveluptothispointandwhomshehasinteractedwith.(Studentscanworkinpairstofindpagenumbersandlinestobackuptheirtimelines).Share:Studentswillsharetheirresponsesandthistimelinewillbedisplayedontheboard.HandoutEssayAssignment:Aftersharingtheirtimelines,thestudentswillreceiveahandoutexplainingtheirfirstessayforthisnovel.TheessaywillfocusonJanieandthetransformationthatshegoesthroughatthebeginningofthistext.Studentswillreadtheassignmentoutloudandwillhaveanopportunitytoaskoneanotherquestionsaswellasposequestionsfortheteacher.

  • Yoo6

    Lesson15:DiscussionaboutMeninthenovelandtheirrolenotonlyinthetext,butalsoinJanieslife.

    Aim:HowinfluentialarethepeopleinJanieslife?

    DoNow:Whoisthemostinfluentialpersoninyourlife?Why?

    Share:StudentswillsharetheirresponsestotheDoNow,whichwillleadintoadiscussionofthepeoplethatareinJanieslife.Discussion:

    1. WhoarethemostinfluentialpeopleinJanieslife?2. Whydotheyhavesuchpoweroverher?3. Howdoeseachcharacterdiffer?(Nanny,Logan,Jody,Phoeby,TeaCake,etc.)4. WhatdoesthistellyouaboutJanie?

    InClassWriting:Studentswillbeaskedtogobacktothetextandlookforexamplesthatexplaintheirclaimsabouteachcharacter.Theywillwritetheseintheirnotebooksandwillbepreparedtosharetheirfindingswiththeclass.

  • Yoo7

    Handout1

    ZORANEALEHURSTON

    InClassText:TheirEyesWereWatchingGod

    Thosethatdon'tgotit,can'tshowit.Thosethatgotit,can'thideit.ZoraNealeHurston

    HurstonwasbornonJan.7,1891inNotasulga,Alabama.ShesoonmovedwithherfamilytoEatonville,Floridawhileshewasastillatoddler.AlotofherwritingstakeplacearoundherFloridahometown.HurstonusedherfieryintellectandinfectioussenseofhumortoelbowherwayintotheHarlemRenaissanceofthe1920s,befriendinginfluentialpoetslikeLangstonHughesandsinger/actressEthelWaters.ShegraduatedfromBarnardCollegein1928,andby1935shehadseveralshortstoriesandarticles,aswellashernovelJonahsGourdVinepublished. Thelate1930sandearly1940smarkedthehighpointofhercareer.ShepublishedTheirEyesWereWatchingGodin1937andMoses,ManoftheMountainin1939.HerautobiographyDustTracksonaRoadwaspublishedin1942. ZoraNealeHurstondiedonJanuary28,1960.AbridgedlistofworksbyHurston:

    TheirEyesWereWatchingGodDustTracksontheRoadJonahsGourdVineMoses,ManoftheMountainSeraphontheSuwaneeTellmyHorse:VoodooandLifeinHaitinandJamaicaILoveMyselfwhenIAmLaughing...andThenAgainwhenIAmLookingMe

  • Yoo8

    Handout2

    SPUNK

    A giant of a brown-skinned man sauntered up the one street of the Village and out into the palmetto thickets with a small pretty woman clinging lovingly to his arm.

    Looka theah, folkses! cried Elijah Mosley, slapping his leg gleefully. Theah they go, big as life an' brassy as tacks.

    All the loungers in the store tried to walk to the door with an air of nonchalance but with small success.

    Now pee-eople! Walter Thomas gasped. Will you look at 'em! But thats one thing Ah likes about Spunk Bankshe aint skeered of nothin on

    Gods green footstoolnothin! He rides that log down at saw-mill jus like he struts round wid another mans wifejus dont give a kitty. When Tes Miller got cut to giblets on that circle-saw, Spunk steps right up and starts ridin'. The rest of us was skeered to go near it.

    A round-shouldered figure in overalls much too large, came nervously in the door and the talking ceased. The men looked at each other and winked.

    Gimme some soda-water. Sassprilla Ah r

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