The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
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The Secret Life of Bees E-Notes Lesson Plans
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New 7/17Teacher's Guide to Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees
Historical background, symbolism, writing prompts, vocabulary, key quotations, 16 post-reading cross-curricular learning activities. 12 pages; Adobe Reader required.

The Secret Life of Bees
This well developed unit offers participants a variety of cross-curricular activities. 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. This 99-page document requires Adobe Reader for access. Consider saving the document to your computer and printing only those pages you need.

The Secret Life of Bees
Reading strategies to support the novel, including an anticipation guide, a directed reading-thinking activity, and a vocabulary activity.

New 7/17The Secret Life of Bees
Discussion questions, informational texts, learning activities, character analysis, writing. Includes printable handouts. Designed to accompany the 2008 film but also supports the book. 39 pages; Adobe Reader required.

New 7/17The Secret Life of Bees
Introductory letter to parents, timeline, pre-reading activities, chapter summaries, historical references, key quotations, writing prompts, elements of fiction handout, scrapbook activity and rubric, cross-curricular extension activities. 84 pages; Adobe Reader required.

New 7/17The Secret Life of Bees Unit
These writing activities emphasize character analysis and academic vocabulary. Document includes rubrics, suggestions for differentiation. 24 pages; word processor required.

The Secret Life of Bees
An interview with the author and 11 discussion questions.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
This Reading Group Guide includes a summary and 11 discussion questions. Follow links to author biography and interview, and an online excerpt.

New 7/17The Secret Life of Bees Unit Plan
Timeline and lesson plasns for a 4-week unit for 10th grade. Includes reading assignments, writing tasks, learning activities, handouts. 52 pages; Adobe Reader required. Consider downloading the file and printing only those pages needed.

Vocabulary from The Secret Life of Bees
This page offers 24 vocabulary words drawn from the novel. Click on the word for its definition, synonyms, and examples of current use.