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 This Unit Plan aims to bolster the work that you are already doing in the classroom, enabling you to teach Their Eyes Were Watching God from an anti-racist lens. 

The Unit includes:

  • A comprehensive sample calendar with a reading plan and discussion questions
  • Engaging activities and writing prompts
  • Two FREE digital posters
  • Additional resources  



Unit Calendar

13 Class sessions with discussion questions, writing prompts, and supplementary reading


Adapted from Dr. Ghouldy Muhammed's Historically Responsive Literacy Framework

Questions and Prompts

Big concept and text-based discussion questions 

Engaging writing prompts

This unit plan is more than just a unit plan

Our Their Eyes Were Watching God Unit plan aims to help you teach this novel from an anti-racist perspective as well as aid in the development of skills such as citing textual evidence, textual analysis and critical thinking. 



Includes all components of Unit Plan



Meet Our Content Creator


 Emily Schorr Lesnick (she/her) is a white facilitator and theater maker in Seattle, WA (Duwamish land). She has worked in independent schools as a teacher, student advocate, and administrator, for over 10 years. Emily's training is in educational theater and cultural studies. She is a member of GLSEN's Educator Advisory Committee and a co-creator of How We GLOW, a piece of interview theater exploring lgbtq+ youth identity that has been performed across the country and world. Emily’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, NBC News, Parent Map Magazine, ArtsPraxis Magazine, The Huffington Post, and NAIS Magazine and Blog. With Mary Padden, she co-curates an anti-racist accountability email protocol with hundreds of recipients, moving from optical allyship to ongoing co-liberation. She also offers courses on Anti-Racist SEL and White Anti-Racist Accountability through The Institute for Anti-Racist Education.