Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston was an African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist. Hurston was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and died poor and alone on January 28, 1960, in Fort Pierce, Florida.

During her career, Hurston published four novels and numerous short stories, plays, and essays. She wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), which is considered her masterwork, alongside her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road (1942). Hurston was the first African-American female to receive a diploma from Barnard College, located in Harlem, in 1928. Considered the quintessential female writer during the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston has been a role model for all African-American women.

Lesson Levels:

The lessons are on four different levels

  • Level 1 - Kindergarten & 1st grades (two-page worksheet)
  • Level 2 - 2nd and 3rd Grades - 2 reading lesson (125 -150)
  • Level 3 – 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades - Reading lesson (350 - 375 words)
  • Level 4 – 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades - Reading Lesson (500 – 525 words) 

Lesson Description: 

All the lessons are common core and Level 2, 3 & 4 have additional advance assignments for the students.

These Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions for Guided Reading Levels are designed to help students learn to read carefully and to find evidence to support their answers to text-based questions.

The increasing complexity of these passages helps make differentiation efficient and effective. These passages are ideal for use during small group instruction, intervention lessons, close reading lessons, and fluency work and as assessments, as homework or as morning work.

Lesson Components:

Lesson plan includes the following components:

  • Puzzle
  • Vocabulary
  • Infographic
  • Reading comprehension
  • Fun Facts/Interesting Facts
  • Questions (critical thinking, short answer, multiple choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blanks, mix and match, and opinion, and more) 

Lesson Access:

Lesson plans are available for digital download. Multiple users (schools and organizations) must purchase a license or subscription to gain unlimited access to the lessons.

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