I'm incredibly excited to be embarking on Their Eyes Were Watching God with you. Language and stories amaze me on almost a daily basis, but this story is...well, it's remarkable.
We do need to build a bit of context and get a primer on the historical backdrop and literary landscape of this novel.
So, you guys know about "flipped learning" right? Instead of teacher lecturing and so forth IN class, you watch the lectures and so forth OUTSIDE of class? That's how we'll handle information on the Harlem Renaissance and Zora Neale Hurston.
There are HOURS worth of documentaries and research you could explore. I've looked for the "least you need to know" for now.
Your task: Watch both embedded videos plus one of your own choosing and take notes.
- Watch the videos I've provided in their entirety.
- Find one more Harlem Renaissance or Zora Neale Hurston video on your own and watch it. (You may not watch TEWWG analysis or summary videos.)
- Take meaningful and helpful notes. There's no need to write down every.single.thing, BUT you should aim to record relevant, interesting, or meaningful information to build your knowledge and create context for your reading. Notes are due on Monday. (*6th period -- You do not have class Monday due to guest speakers. Please drop them off some time Monday when you're down my way.)
Enjoy! This is interesting stuff. And the beauty of history and literature is learning about the different ways of being a person.