Their Eyes Were Watching God Writing Prompts: Essay, Creative, & 152 Bellringers

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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With everything from reading response handouts to engaging bell ringers, from literary analysis essays to a fun historical fiction project, this resource will get your students writing better, thinking deeper, and analyzing the bigger ideas and themes of the novel.

When you teach with these writing prompts you will:

• get your students past writer’s block

• have 152 engaging, rigorous, and text-specific bellringers to choose from each day

• have a no-prep opener for the beginning of class

• be able to give your students step-by-step instructions for writing longer and more independent assignments

• have rubrics for fast and efficient grading

• bring your students’ writing to the next level

• get your students excited about writing with innovative creative assignments and prompts

With 152 bellringer prompts and 5 different writing assignments ranging from literary analysis to a a fun research-based creative writing project, this resource will engage your students on a deeper level and make it easier for you to incorporate writing into your unit on Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Here's what you'll get when you buy this resource:

First I have included 152 bellringer prompts. You'll love starting each class with a quick five-minute freewrite. It’s a great way to get students focused and thinking about the themes of the day. From creative writing ideas, to questions that will get your students thinking, there is plenty here. There are slides for all 152 prompts, so that you will have a rigorous activity ready to go at the beginning of class. These prompts also make great choices for journals done at home.

The second kind of writing included here is reading responses. These are also a kind of write-to-learn assignment. You will have two ways of breaking down this writing for students. With the practical guide included here, your students will be writing independently on the novel in no time. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here .

The third option for a writing assignment tasks students with taking one or more of the idea-based prompts from the bellringers and turning it into an evidence-based essay. You will appreciate the step-by-step instructions for that assignment as well. This is a more challenging assignment than the others, but if students are taken through it step by step, they should find success with their writing. This essay is one that students should complete after reading the novel.

The fourth option for writing a piece based on the ideas and themes of the novel is a comparative essay. Your students will complete this assignment over two class periods—with one day to complete the graphic organizer and one to write the essay. In order to complete this assignment, they’ll have to read other texts that they can compare with the themes of the novel—those texts are not included in this resource, but this unit would work great.

The fifth option is for students to complete a creative writing assignment in which they write historical fiction using Their Eyes Were Watching God as their research source. This is a fun, low-key way for students to focus on the vocabulary, customs, and objects of the period while sharpening their creative writing and storytelling skills. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here .

The prompts, guides, handouts, rubrics, and suggestions here are based on sixteen years of teaching writing to all levels of high school. It’s not easy to take students through a writing assignment or to get them to improve their skills, but with the right tools, it can be done.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.


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