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The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd (6)

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Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees is set in South Carolina in 1964, the year the Civil Rights Act was passed. Lily Owens, a fourteen-year-old living with her violent father, T. Ray, and a housekeeper named Rosaleen, goes on the lam with Rosaleen, after the young housekeeper is beaten and jailed for an act of defiance against whites. With a honey jar label, featuring a black Madonna, in hand, the two head to Tiburon where the honey is made. They find the three Boatwright sisters: mournful May, wise August, and lovely June, devotees of the black “Mary in Chains,” their savior. They welcome the girl who supposedly is an orphan, and it is later revealed that Lily’s long-gone mother, Deborah, once took refuge with them as well. After a friendship between Lily and a black boy, named Zach, lands the young boy in jail, May commits suicide in despair. Zach is finally released, but T. Ray comes to claim Lily, though the sisters dissuade him and he finally leaves. As the story ends, Lily is firmly ensconced in the Boatwright family, and Zach has hopes of a better life. Kidd’s skillful exploration of racism and violence makes her novel suitable for high school readers.

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    Activity Pack: The Secret Life of Bees (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    151 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Activity Pack: The Secret Life of Bees (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 Secret Life of Bees (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    32 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Response Journal: The Secret Life of Bees (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.


     
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    Teaching Unit: The Secret Life of Bees (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    99 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Teaching Unit: The Secret Life of Bees (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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    Puzzle Pack: The Secret Life of Bees (eBook)

    Teacher's Pet Publications
    144 Pages, Grades 8 - 12
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    Puzzle Pack: The Secret Life of Bees (eBook)

    The express goal of Teacher's Pet Publications' Puzzle Packs is to provide a conglomeration of fun games and activities to supplement your in-class novel. Overflowing with dozens of vocabulary-related exercises (including reproducible fill-in-the-blank worksheets, multiple choice worksheets, unit bingo cards, word searches and more) students will be encouraged and able to understand the literature more clearly, while also being able to recall key vocabulary from the novel. Also supplied are teacher answer keys for all puzzles and worksheets, allowing educators to enjoy an uncomplicated day in the classroom!This eBook puzzle manual from Teacher's Pet Publications is an entry in the Puzzle Packs series, comprised of puzzle packs for the following best-selling titles: A Raisin in the Sun; Night; Oedipus Rex; Hatchet; The Cay; My Side of the Mountain; Witness; The Time Machine; The Kite Runner, Freak the Mighty, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, 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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    Teacher's Pet Publications
    264 Pages, Grades 8 - 12
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    LitPlan Teacher Pack: The Secret Life of Bees (eBook)

    This eBook contains several ready-to-teach materials that contain everything needed for a complete unit of study, while managing to incorporate the IRA/NCTE standards. This LitPlan Teacher Pack eBook is very straight-forward to use: Instantly download, print, and teach! Educators can use these resources for entire-class book studies, or smaller groups, tutoring, or independent study projects. Packed to the brim with unit tests, daily lessons, study questions, writing assignments and much more, this teacher asset will surely become a staple of your classroom as an irreplaceable resource.This eBook teacher guide from Teacher's Pet Publications is an entry in the LitPlan series, comprised of literature guides for the following best-selling titles: The Grapes of Wrath; The Egypt Game; Dracula; Treasure Island; The Odyssey; Hatchet; A Tale of Two Cities; A Christmas Carol; The Giver, and more. All aforementioned eBooks, 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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    The Secret Life of Bees Lesson Plans

    Center for Learning
    81 Pages, Grades 9 - 12
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    The Secret Life of Bees Lesson Plans

    Curriculum guide for The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd; aligned to Common Core standards. Includes objectives, teacher notes, individual and small group activities, student handouts with suggested responses, culminating activities, and a quiz with answer key. Students research the setting, explore the influence of the 1960s civil rights movement, evaluate characters behavior and motivation, and recognize the use of imagery and figurative language. They also keep a reader-response journal and create a soundtrack that reflects the plot, setting, and theme of the novel. PDF format allows posting handouts directly to a LMS or to student devices. 10 Lesson Plans/40 Handouts