Zora Neal Hurston’s classic essay, “How It Feels to be Colored Me” is featured in this lesson. It goes well with a novel study of Their Eyes Were Watching God or by itself.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the concept of self-identity, community, gender, and race. Also included is a TED Talk on the urgency of intersectionality. The students will also view a New York Times video on contemporary Eatonville, Florida.
The lesson features a prompt analyzing the argument in Zora Neal Hurston’s essay. Students will craft a thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, community, Harlem Renaissance, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom