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The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver (3)

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Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible is the chronicle of a missionary family in the Congo, and the action is narrated by five members of the Price family, each with a distinct perspective on the experience. In this dense and lyrical novel, Barbara Kingsolver explores a clash of cultures, and the ethnocentrism that dooms the mission, wreaking havoc on the family. Nathan, the father, scorns local advice regarding planting, and is anguished when his crops are flooded. Leah Price soon assimilates into Kilanga culture, later marrying a village man. When political tensions make the region unsafe for Europeans and Americans, many leave, but Nathan insists on remaining in the village. Calamities ensue as his wife Oleanna and one of his children nearly perish from malaria, Ruth May dies of snakebite, and finally, Oleanna abandons the mission. The final portion of Kingsolver's novel reflects on the meaning of the family’s sojourn in Africa, following the destinies of all the characters. High school readers will explore cultural relativism, and appreciate the skillful alternation of narrative voices.

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    Teaching Unit: The Poisonwood Bible (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    95 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Teaching Unit: The Poisonwood Bible (eBook)

    For either the new or experienced teacher, Prestwick House's Teaching Units serve as a useful resource for teaching a new book, with a broad selection of eBook guides available for immediate download. Chapter-by-chapter exercises help students achieve scholarly objectives with essay and discussion questions, vocabulary lists, and a multiple-choice test. Educators will save time and energy with this indispensible teaching resource.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Teaching Units series. Other best-selling titles include: The Lottery; Life of Pi; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; A Thousand Splendid Suns; The Outsiders; The Gift of the Magi; I Know What You Did Last Summer, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook guides for teaching, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.


     
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    Activity Pack: The Poisonwood Bible (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    109 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Activity Pack: The Poisonwood Bible (eBook)

    It's possible to energize student learning while accomplishing state-set objectives and national criterion with Prestwick House Activity Packs! Students will learn crucial abstract literary concepts, including the subtlety of style and plot, the elaborateness of theme, and the inclinations of their favorite characters. With this eBook, a variety of reproducible exercises are offered, giving students hands-on experience that will prove integral to their literary experience and indispensible to educators.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Activity Pack series, comprised of some of the following titles: Into The Wild; Life of Pi; The Picture of Dorian Gray; The Poisonwood Bible; The Bluest Eye; Beowulf. All aforementioned Prestwick House Activity Packs, as well as the rest of the series, can be viewed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button on the left.


     
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    Response Journal: The Poisonwood Bible (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    50 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Response Journal: The Poisonwood Bible (eBook)

    This Prestwick House Response Journal is specifically designed to help students relate ideas in literature back to their own experiences. This eBook provides chapter-by-chapter reproducible prompts to help students reflect on what they've read, bridging their life experiences with the adventures of the characters. As part of the response-centered movement, critical thinking journals make a superb warm-up activity that will eventually culminate into a personal reference.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Response Journals series. Other best-selling titles include: Rebecca; The Secret Life of Bees; Into The Wild; The Bluest Eye; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Brave New World; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook response journals, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.