The Secret Life of Bees unit

Secret Life of Bees Unit Plan
By Kimberly Baker
VDOE Standards9.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of fictional texts including narratives, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama. d)   Compare and contrast the use of rhyme, rhythm, sound, imagery, and other literary devices to convey a message and elicit the reader’s emotion. e)   Analyze the cultural or social function of a literary text. f)   Explain the relationship between the author’s style and literary effect. g)   Explain the influence of historical context on the form, style, and point of view of a written work. i)    Analyze how the author’s specific word choices and syntax impact the author’s purpose.  j)    Make inferences and draw conclusions using references from the text(s) for support.  
Essential QuestionsWhy is it important for people and cultures to construct narratives about their experience? What is the relevance of studying multicultural texts? In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?
Timeline: 
Day OneTimes Are Changing – analyze Dylan song
Days Two-ThreeCivil Rights movement Webquest
Day FourIntro to The Secret Life of Bees power point and
complete anticipation guide
Check out novel and get study guide
Day Five and SixRead chapter 1 of The Secret Life of Bees   
*Finish chapter for HW if not finished in class Complete chapter questions on study guide
Day SevenRead chapter 2 of The Secret Life of Bees   
*Finish chapter for HW if not finished in class Complete chapter questions on study guide
Day EightRead chapter 3 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day NineRead chapter 4 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 10Complete “I Have A Dream” excerpt handout
Day 11Read chapter 5 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 12Read chapter 6 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 13Create a Wailing Wall activity
Day 14Read chapter 7 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 15Read chapter 8 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 16Complete the character sketch and bio-poem assignment
Day 17Read chapter 9 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 18Read chapter 10 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 19Read chapter 11 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 20Complete found poem activity
Day 21Read chapter 12 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 22Read chapter 13 of The Secret Life of Bees   
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Day 23Read chapter 14 of The Secret Life of Bees   
*Finish chapter for HW if not finished in class Complete chapter questions on study guide
Day 24Complete last of study guide
Day 25Socratic Seminar activity
Day 26Test on The Secret Life of Bees