Their Eyes Were Watching God
Day 1 Chapter1 Juxtaposition – Male / Female
Journal 1: Reread the first two paragraphs of chapter one. Explain what truth you find in these passages. Use specific examples from your own life.
Day 2 Chapter 2 Tone / DIDLS in class
Journal 2: What is your opinion of the grandmother based on this chapter? Use specific examples from the text to support your response.
Day 3 Chapters 3 & 4 / Characterization (Janie)
Chapter 3 Journal 3: Reread the first statement in the chapter. Explain how this applies to you. Use specific examples from your own life.
Chapter 4 Journal 4: Explain what Janie learns during these two chapters. Who helps her learn these “lessons?” How do you feel she changes? Give specific examples from the text to support your response.
Day 4: Chapter 5 Tone
Journal 5: DIDLS
Chapter 6 Storytelling
Journal 6: How does the mule relate to the black woman? What is the symbolic significance? Reread chapter 2 for insight.
Day 5: Chapter 7 Reflection
Journal 7: Free response to chapter. Be creative. Draw, cartoon, poetry, prose, letter to Janie or one of the other characters, etc…
Chapter 8 Personification
Journal 8: How is personification used in this chapter? How does it affect Janie? What does she learn from it? What does she gain from it?
Day 6: Chapter 9: Style Analysis
Journal 9: Overhead / Handout
Chapter 11: Symbolism
Journal 10: Explain what the following items are symbolic of, tracing them throughout the novel, up to this point. How do these symbols affect Janie? Who controls them? How does she change as a result of these symbols?
Janie’s hair / pear tree / porch
Day 7: Chapter 12: Tone
Journal 11: DIDLS
Chapter 13: Climax
Journal 12: Argue whether or not you see this chapter as the climax of the novel.