Barbara Kingsolver: The Bean Trees and The Poisonwood Bible
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The Bean Trees Teaching Unit
A thorough unit plan, including activities, quizzes, and tests.

Biography and Background

Barbara Kingsolver
Author biography.

Interview with Barbara Kingsolver
In this 2004 interview, Kingsolver discusses how her science background influences her writing. It is related to Small Wonder. This downloadable video clip is 3:41 long.

Quotations from Barbara Kingsolver
A collection of quotations.

The Bean Trees

The Bean Trees: Changing Lives Through Literature
Scroll down to find several sets of questions for writing or discussion.

The Bean Trees: Planning an Essay
Students are given 3 writing prompts and are guided through the steps to craft a response.

The Bean Trees: Prereading Activity
Students answer questions based on the book's cover and consider issues related to adoption.

Study Guide for The Bean Trees
A list of 40 questions; themes, motifs, and symbols; and 30 vocabulary words. Adobe Reader required for access.

Study Guide for The Bean Trees
Analysis and 17 writing or discussion questions.

Texas Canyon
Taylor Greer comments on Texas Canyon as she drives through. What does it look like? Photo and additional information.

The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible
This Bookdrum page includes a review of the novel, discussion of setting, a glossary, a brief author bio, and a plot summary. The "Bookmarks" section is remarkable: allusions from the novel are explained and illustrated. This a wonderful resource to help students understand the complexity of the novel and its historical background. It was produced by high school students and can serve as a model for responding to reading analytically.



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