Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun


  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    This video from the American Masters film Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun examines Zora Neale Hurston and her famous novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In this resource, students delve into the novel’s title in greater detail, Hurston’s writing process, the literary devices used, and how the male characters influence Janie Crawford’s character.

    The complete Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun DVD, can be found here. Schools, libraries and other institutions can purchase the entire film here.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Public Reaction to Their Eyes Were Watching God

    In this video from the American Masters film Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, learn about the public's reaction to Their Eyes Were Watching God. Using materials in this activity, students will conduct close reads (of multiple texts) and a classroom debate to gain a thorough understanding of how Zora Neale Huston felt about her work and her critics' reactions to it as well.

    Note: Pay close attention to the archival footage logo on the bottom left side of the video. It indicates Zora Neale Hurston’s original footage!

    The complete Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun DVD, can be found here. Schools, libraries and other institutions can purchase the entire film here.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Setting: Eatonville, Florida

    In this media gallery from the American Masters film Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, students will learn about Eatonville, Florida—Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown and the setting of her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Using video, discussion questions, student activities and graphic organizers, students will examine the importance of setting in storytelling.

    Note: Pay close attention to the archival footage logo on the bottom left side of the video. It indicates Zora Neale Hurston’s original footage!

    The complete Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun DVD, can be found here. Schools, libraries and other institutions can purchase the entire film here

    Grades: 9-12
  • Documenting Rural Southern Black Culture

    In this video from the American Masters film Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun explores Hurston's celebrated anthropological research of rural Southern Black culture in the 1920s. Using video, discussion questions and associated activities, students will learn about Southern Black culture and New Deal programs like the Works Progress Administration.

    Note: Pay close attention to the archival footage logo on the bottom left side of the video. It indicates Zora Neale Hurston’s original footage

    The complete Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun DVD, can be found here. Schools, libraries and other institutions can purchase the entire film here.

    Grades: 9-12

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