Documenting Rural Southern Black Culture

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"Sweet Speech," the vernacular of southern blacks that Zora Neale Hurston captures in her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is the subject of a resource from the PBS American Masters series. An anthropologist, Hurston drew on her recordings to give voice to her characters.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource mid-way through a study of the novel after readers become familiar with the vernacular and the free indirect discourse 
Classroom Considerations
  • One of five PBS videos focused on Hurston
  • The entire Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun film may be purchased and downloaded
  • Support materials include teaching tips, discussion questions, and handouts
  • None