Reflection: Coherence Mystery, Tension, and the Supernatural in Zora Neale Hurston's Spunk - Section 4: Building Knowledge: Literary Elements in Spunk


Sometimes my students exhibit a learned-helplessness that drives me crazy.  The minute they become unsure of how to respond to a question that is usually something like a content specific definition; they panic and turn into deer caught in headlights.  The stare at me. Waiting.  I have to remind them that we have gone over that information. They can look in their notes.  For example, I asked, What is tone? The student who answered stumbled into the ballpark, but did not provide a clear answer.  I really want my students to feel confident in what they know and how to discover or investigate what they don't know.  Everytime they stop and stare, it makes me aware that they still have a long way to go, but they are getting there. 

  Coherence: Recall Panic
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Mystery, Tension, and the Supernatural in Zora Neale Hurston's Spunk

Unit 6: Sins, Poems, Virtues and Short Stories
Lesson 1 of 3

Objective: SWBAT evaluate how Hurston manipulates the text to create tension and mystery by analyzing literary elements in Spunk.

Big Idea: Extra Extra--Student reporters dig deep into the deaths of Joe Kanty and Spunk Banks. Is it murder or is the supernatural at play?

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