Secret Life of Bees

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This unit offers participants a variety of cross-curricular activities in order to share their reflections and extend their knowledge of material from the book, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd. Written reflections are part of each activity and all activities incorporate technology in the research and in the presentation of the final project. Participants will use blogs as a way to share ideas and responses to discussion questions. The students will delve deeper into the issue of racism, explore art as a form of communication or investigate the issues surrounding bees and beekeeping. Shared Discussion Inquiry and the choice to work in pairs or groups promote cooperative efforts in all activities. Activity List Classroom Materials Supporting Web Resources Standards Student Projects

Secret Life of Bees High School

Secret Life of Bees High School
Teacher’s Overview
Timeline of the Unit 1. Before you read- 2-3 class periods 2. Read the novel – discussion questions- 2-3 weeks, depending on how much reading is assigned as homework. 3. Culminating activity – Students choose from a Tic Tac Toe of choices. 2 weeks out of class work, 1 week in class work. a. Students will build background by visiting Internet sites about the voting Rights Act and racial inequality in the South in the 1960s. b. Students will view a video- NOVA Tales From the Hive to gain a beginning understanding of bees and beekeeping. c. Students will critically read the novel, understand vocabulary and explore the issues in the book, through Shared Inquiry Discussion techniques. Discussion questions and vocabulary are included. d. Students will choose one or more activities from the Tic Tac Toe Activity Guide to extend their learning and make further connections to the novel. The unit will conclude with a “Celebration of Learning” to showcase student projects. Before you read Before reading The Secret Life of Bees, students will visit relevant websites in order to build background that will facilitate comprehension of the text and enrich their responses to the discussion questions. Read the Novel Students will critically read and comprehend The Secret Life of Bees through Shared Inquiry Discussion, using guiding questions. Students will apply comprehension strategies such as using prior knowledge; previewing; predicting; inferring; comparing and contrasting; rereading and self-monitoring; summarizing; identifying the author’s purpose; identifying the main idea; and applying knowledge of foreshadowing, metaphor, simile, symbolism, and other identified figures of speech. Students will provide responses verbally and in writing. Culminating Activity Celebration of Learning-Tic Tac Toe - Students or teams of students will select one or more activities from the cross curricular Tic Tac Toe Activity guide. Activities are extensions of the topics discussed in the book The Secret Life of Bees. Many of the activities require students to make connections with the novel and apply learning in response to reflective questions. Students will use technology to research and create their presentations. The class will celebrate student learning through the class presentation of student projects.

About The Secret Life of Bees
Short Background Sue Monk Kidd grew up in Sylvester, Georgia. She experienced the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, events which are central to The Secret Life of Bees. Like the protagonist, Lily, Kidd had a black nanny and attended a high school at the beginning of racial descregation. Kidd wrote stories while a child, inspired by her father’s reading to her. The Secret Life of Bees is her first novel.

Secret Life of Bees High School
The novel is set in South Carolina during the turbulent time frame of 1964. The civil rights movement is well underway. The author draws from many of her own memories of this time and the emotional and political turmoil associated with the civil rights movement, in telling this story....
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