Type:

Unit

Description:

A unit of materials to support the teaching and reading of the novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The unit includes a suggested reading schedule and unit plan. pre-reading assignments and worksheets, during reading questions, graphic organizers and lesson plans, and after reading assessments and writing extensions.

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8

Keywords:

The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd unit

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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Update Standards?

LA.6.RW.1.2: English-Language Arts

Identify and interpret figurative language and words with multiple meanings.

LA.6.RC.2.3: English-Language Arts

Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships to other sources and related topics.

LA.6.RC.2.4: English-Language Arts

Clarify an understanding of texts by creating outlines, logical notes, summaries, or reports.

LA.6.RL.3.1: English-Language Arts

Identify the forms of fiction and describe the major characteristics of each form.

LA.6.RL.3.2: English-Language Arts

Analyze the effect of the qualities of the character (e.g., courage or cowardice, ambition or laziness) on the plot and the resolution of the conflict.

LA.6.RL.3.3: English-Language Arts

Analyze the influence of setting on the problem and its resolution.

LA.6.RL.3.4: English-Language Arts

Define how tone or meaning is conveyed in poetry through word choice, figurative language, sentence structure, line length, punctuation, rhythm, repetition, and rhyme.

LA.6.RL.3.5: English-Language Arts

Identify the speaker and recognize the difference between first- and third-person narration (e.g., autobiography compared with biography).

LA.6.RL.3.6: English-Language Arts

Identify and analyze features of themes conveyed through characters, actions, and images.

LA.6.RL.3.7: English-Language Arts

Explain the effects of common literary devices (e.g., symbolism, imagery, metaphor) in a variety of fictional and nonfictional texts.

LA.6.RL.3.8: English-Language Arts

Critique the credibility of characterization and the degree to which a plot is contrived or realistic (e.g., compare use of fact and fantasy in historical fiction).

LA.6.WS.1.3: English-Language Arts

Use a variety of effective and coherent organizational patterns, including comparison and contrast; organization by categories; and arrangement by spatial order, order of importance, or climactic order.

LA.6.W.2.1.a: English-Language Arts

Establish and develop a plot and setting and present a point of view that is appropriate to the stories.

LA.6.W.2.1.b: English-Language Arts

Include sensory details and concrete language to develop plot and character.

LA.6.W.2.1.c: English-Language Arts

Use a range of narrative devices (e.g., dialogue, suspense).

LA.6.W.2.4.a: English-Language Arts

Develop an interpretation exhibiting careful reading, understanding, and insight.

LA.6.W.2.4.b: English-Language Arts

Organize the interpretation around several clear ideas, premises, or images.

LA.6.W.2.4.c: English-Language Arts

Develop and justify the interpretation through sustained use of examples and textual evidence.

LA.7.RC.2.4: English-Language Arts

Identify and trace the development of an author's argument, point of view, or perspective in text.

LA.7.RL.3.1: English-Language Arts

Articulate the expressed purposes and characteristics of different forms of prose (e.g., short story, novel, novella, essay).

LA.7.RL.3.2: English-Language Arts

Identify events that advance the plot and determine how each event explains past or present action(s) or foreshadows future action(s).

LA.7.RL.3.3: English-Language Arts

Analyze characterization as delineated through a character's thoughts, words, speech patterns, and actions; the narrator's description; and the thoughts, words, and actions of other characters.

LA.7.RL.3.4: English-Language Arts

Identify and analyze recurring themes across works (e.g., the value of bravery, loyalty, and friendship; the effects of loneliness).

LA.7.RL.3.5: English-Language Arts

Contrast points of view (e.g., first and third person, limited and omniscient, subjective and objective) in narrative text and explain how they affect the overall theme of the work.

LA.7.RL.3.6: English-Language Arts

Analyze a range of responses to a literary work and determine the extent to which the literary elements in the work shaped those responses.

LA.7.W.2.1.a: English-Language Arts

Develop a standard plot line (having a beginning, conflict, rising action, climax, and denouement) and point of view.

LA.7.W.2.1.b: English-Language Arts

Develop complex major and minor characters and a definite setting.

LA.7.W.2.1.c: English-Language Arts

Use a range of appropriate strategies (e.g., dialogue; suspense; naming of specific narrative action, including movement, gestures, and expressions).

LA.7.W.2.2.a: English-Language Arts

Develop interpretations exhibiting careful reading, understanding, and insight.

LA.7.W.2.2.b: English-Language Arts

Organize interpretations around several clear ideas, premises, or images from the literary work.

LA.7.W.2.2.c: English-Language Arts

Justify interpretations through sustained use of examples and textual evidence.

LA.7.W.2.5.a: English-Language Arts

Include the main ideas and most significant details.

LA.7.W.2.5.b: English-Language Arts

Use the student's own words, except for quotations.

LA.7.W.2.5.c: English-Language Arts

Reflect underlying meaning, not just the superficial details.

LA.8.RL.3.2: English-Language Arts

Evaluate the structural elements of the plot (e.g., subplots, parallel episodes, climax), the plot's development, and the way in which conflicts are (or are not) addressed and resolved.

LA.8.RL.3.3: English-Language Arts

Compare and contrast motivations and reactions of literary characters from different historical eras confronting similar situations or conflicts.

LA.8.RL.3.4: English-Language Arts

Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g., place, time, customs) to the mood, tone, and meaning of the text.

LA.8.RL.3.5: English-Language Arts

Identify and analyze recurring themes (e.g., good versus evil) across traditional and contemporary works.

LA.8.RL.3.6: English-Language Arts

Identify significant literary devices (e.g., metaphor, symbolism, dialect, irony) that define a writer's style and use those elements to interpret the work.

LA.8.RL.3.7: English-Language Arts

Analyze a work of literature, showing how it reflects the heritage, traditions, attitudes, and beliefs of its author. (Biographical approach)

LA.8.W.2.1.a: English-Language Arts

Relate a clear, coherent incident, event, or situation by using well-chosen details.

LA.8.W.2.1.b: English-Language Arts

Reveal the significance of, or the writer's attitude about, the subject.

LA.8.W.2.1.c: English-Language Arts

Employ narrative and descriptive strategies (e.g., relevant dialogue, specific action, physical description, background description, comparison or contrast of characters).

LA.8.W.2.2.a: English-Language Arts

Exhibit careful reading and insight in their interpretations.

LA.8.W.2.2.b: English-Language Arts

Connect the student's own responses to the writer's techniques and to specific textual references.

LA.8.W.2.2.c: English-Language Arts

Draw supported inferences about the effects of a literary work on its audience.

LA.8.W.2.2.d: English-Language Arts

Support judgments through references to the text, other works, other authors, or to personal knowledge.

LA.6.LA.6.1.6.1: Reading and Language Arts

use new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly;

LA.6.LA.6.1.6.2: Reading and Language Arts

listen to, read, and discuss familiar and conceptually challenging text;

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.1: Reading and Language Arts

use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies, graphic representations, and knowledge of text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.2: Reading and Language Arts

analyze the author?s purpose (e.g., to persuade, inform, entertain, or explain) and perspective in a variety of texts and understand how they affect meaning;

LA.6.LA.6.1.7.3: Reading and Language Arts

determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level text through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details;

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

identify the characteristics of various genres (e.g., poetry, fiction, short story, dramatic literature) as forms with distinct characteristics and purposes;

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze the elements of plot structure, including exposition, setting, character development, rising/falling action, conflict/resolution, and theme in a variety of fiction;

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.3: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze the effects of sound, meter, figurative and descriptive language, graphics (illustrations), and structure (e.g., line length, fonts, word placement) to communicate mood and meaning;

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify and explain recurring themes across a variety of works (e.g., bravery, friendship, loyalty, good vs. evil);

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.5: Reading and Language Arts

develop an interpretation of a selection and support through sustained use of examples and contextual evidence;

LA.6.LA.6.2.1.7: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze an author?s use of allusions and descriptive, idiomatic, and figurative language in a variety of literary text, identifying how word choice sets the author?s tone and advances the work?s theme;

LA.6.LA.6.3.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

generating ideas from multiple sources (e.g., prior knowledge, discussion with others, writer?s notebook, research materials, or other reliable sources), based upon teacher-directed topics and personal interests;

LA.6.LA.6.3.1.3: Reading and Language Arts

using organizational strategies and tools (e.g., technology, outline, chart, table, graph, web, story map).

LA.6.LA.6.4.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

write narrative accounts with an engaging plot (including rising action, conflict, climax, falling action, and resolution) include a clearly described setting with figurative language and descriptive words or phrases to enhance style and tone; and

LA.6.LA.6.4.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

write a variety of expressive forms (e.g., short play, song lyrics, historical fiction, limericks) that employ figurative language, rhythm, dialogue, characterization, and/or appropriate format.

LA.6.LA.6.6.3.1: Reading and Language Arts

analyze ways that production elements (e.g., graphics, color, motion, sound, digital technology) affect communication across the media; and

LA.6.LA.6.6.4.1: Reading and Language Arts

use appropriate available technologies to enhance communication and achieve a purpose (e.g., video, online); and

LA.7.LA.7.1.6.1: Reading and Language Arts

use new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly;

LA.7.LA.7.1.6.2: Reading and Language Arts

listen to, read, and discuss familiar and conceptually challenging text;

LA.7.LA.7.1.7.1: Reading and Language Arts

use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies, graphic representations, and knowledge of text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;

LA.7.LA.7.1.7.2: Reading and Language Arts

analyze the author?s purpose (e.g., to persuade, inform, entertain, explain) and perspective in a variety of texts and understand how they affect meaning;

LA.7.LA.7.1.7.3: Reading and Language Arts

determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level or higher texts through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details;

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

identify and analyze the characteristics of various genres (e.g., poetry, fiction, short story, dramatic literature) as forms with distinct characteristics and purposes;

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze elements of characterization, setting, and plot, including rising action, conflict, resolution, theme, and other literary elements as appropriate in a variety of fiction;

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.3: Reading and Language Arts

locate various literary devices (e.g., sound, meter, figurative and descriptive);

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify and analyze recurring themes across a variety of works (e.g., bravery, friendship, loyalty, good vs. evil);

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.5: Reading and Language Arts

develop an interpretation of a selection and support through sustained use of examples and contextual evidence;

LA.7.LA.7.2.1.7: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze an author?s use of allusions and descriptive, idiomatic, and figurative language in a variety of literary text, identifying how word choice is used to appeal to the reader?s senses and emotions, providing evidence from text to support the analysis;

LA.7.LA.7.3.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

generating ideas from multiple sources (e.g., prior knowledge, discussion with others, writer?s notebook, research materials, or other reliable sources) based upon teacher-directed topics and personal interests;

LA.7.LA.7.3.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

making a plan for writing that addresses purpose, audience, main idea, and logical sequence; and

LA.7.LA.7.3.1.3: Reading and Language Arts

using organizational strategies and tools (e.g., technology, outline, chart, table, graph, Venn Diagram, web, story map, plot pyramid) to develop a personal organizational style.

LA.7.LA.7.3.4.1: Reading and Language Arts

spelling, using spelling rules, orthographic patterns, generalizations, knowledge of root words, prefixes, suffixes, and knowledge of Greek and Latin root words and using a dictionary, thesaurus, or other resources as necessary;

LA.7.LA.7.3.4.2: Reading and Language Arts

capitalization, including regional names (e.g., East Coast), historical events and documents;

LA.7.LA.7.3.4.3: Reading and Language Arts

punctuation of sentence structures, including participles and participial phrases, colon in introductory lists and to punctuate business letter salutations, semicolon in compound sentences, dash for additional emphasis or information, and apostrophes for plural possessives;

LA.7.LA.7.3.4.4: Reading and Language Arts

the eight parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition, interjection), regular and irregular verbs, and pronoun agreement; and

LA.7.LA.7.3.4.5: Reading and Language Arts

consistency in verb tense in simple, compound, and complex sentences.

LA.7.LA.7.4.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

write narrative accounts with an engaging plot (including rising action, conflict, suspense, climax, falling action, and resolution), and that use a range of appropriate strategies and specific narrative action (e.g., dialogue, movement, gestures, expressions) and include effectively developed and complex characters, a clearly described setting, figurative language, and descriptive words or phrases to enhance style and tone; and

LA.7.LA.7.4.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

write a variety of expressive forms (e.g., realistic fiction, one-act play, suspense story, poetry) that according to the type of writing employed, incorporate figurative language, rhythm, dialogue, characterization, plot, and appropriate format.

LA.7.LA.7.6.3.1: Reading and Language Arts

analyze ways that production elements (e.g.,, graphics, color, motion, sound, digital technology) affect communication across the media;

LA.7.LA.7.6.4.1: Reading and Language Arts

select and use appropriate available technologies (e.g., computer, digital camera) to enhance communication and achieve a purpose (e.g., video, presentations); and

LA.8.LA.8.1.6.1: Reading and Language Arts

use new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly;

LA.8.LA.8.1.6.2: Reading and Language Arts

listen to, read, and discuss familiar and conceptually challenging text;

LA.8.LA.8.1.7.1: Reading and Language Arts

use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies, graphic representations, and knowledge of text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;

LA.8.LA.8.1.7.2: Reading and Language Arts

analyze the author?s purpose and/or perspective in a variety of texts and understand how they effect meaning;

LA.8.LA.8.1.7.3: Reading and Language Arts

determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level or higher texts through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

identify, analyze, and compare the characteristics of various genres (e.g., poetry, fiction, short story, dramatic literature) as forms chosen by an author to accomplish a purpose;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze elements of characterization, setting, and plot, including rising action, conflict, resolution, theme, and other literary elements as appropriate in a variety of fiction;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.3: Reading and Language Arts

locate various literary devices (e.g., sound, meter, figurative and descriptive language), graphics, and structure and analyze how they contribute to mood and meaning in poetry;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify and analyze universal themes and symbols across genres and historical periods, and explain their significance;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.5: Reading and Language Arts

develop an interpretation of a selection and support through sustained use of examples and contextual evidence;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.6: Reading and Language Arts

compare literary texts that express a universal theme, providing textual evidence (e.g., examples, details, quotations) as support for the identified theme;

LA.8.LA.8.2.1.7: Reading and Language Arts

locate and analyze an author?s use of allusions and descriptive, idiomatic, and figurative language in a variety of literary text, identifying how word choice is used to appeal to the reader?s senses and emotions, providing evidence from text to support the analysis;

LA.8.LA.8.3.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

generating ideas from multiple sources (e.g., prior knowledge, discussion with others, writer?s notebook, research materials, or other reliable sources) based upon teacher-directed topics and personal interests;

LA.8.LA.8.3.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

making a plan for writing that addresses purpose, audience, main idea, logical sequence, and time frame for completion; and

LA.8.LA.8.3.1.3: Reading and Language Arts

using organizational strategies and tools (e.g., technology, spreadsheet, outline, chart, table, graph, Venn Diagram, web, story map, plot pyramid) to develop a personal organizational style.

LA.8.LA.8.3.4.1: Reading and Language Arts

spelling, using spelling rules, orthographic patterns, generalizations, knowledge of root words, prefixes, suffixes, and knowledge of Greek and Latin root words and using a dictionary, thesaurus, or other resources as necessary;

LA.8.LA.8.3.4.2: Reading and Language Arts

capitalization, including names of academic courses (e.g., Algebra I) and proper adjectives (e.g., German shepherd, Italian restaurant);

LA.8.LA.8.3.4.3: Reading and Language Arts

punctuation, including commas, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, and apostrophes;

LA.8.LA.8.3.4.4: Reading and Language Arts

the eight parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition, interjection), regular and irregular verbs, and pronoun agreement; and

LA.8.LA.8.3.4.5: Reading and Language Arts

subject/verb agreement, noun/pronoun agreement.

LA.8.LA.8.3.5.1: Reading and Language Arts

prepare writing using technology in a format appropriate to audience and purpose (e.g., manuscript, multimedia);

LA.8.LA.8.3.5.2: Reading and Language Arts

use elements of spacing and design for graphics (e.g., tables, drawings, charts, graphs) when applicable to enhance the appearance of the document; and

LA.8.LA.8.3.5.3: Reading and Language Arts

share the writing with the intended audience.

LA.8.LA.8.4.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

write narrative accounts with an engaging plot (including rising action, conflict, suspense, climax, falling action and resolution), and that use a range of appropriate strategies and specific narrative action (e.g., dialogue, movement, gestures, expressions) and include well-chosen details using both narrative and descriptive strategies (e.g., relevant dialogue, specific action, physical description, background description, comparison/contrast of characters); and

LA.8.LA.8.4.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

write a variety of expressive forms (e.g., realistic fiction, one-act play, suspense story, poetry) that according to the type of writing employed, incorporate figurative language, rhythm, dialogue, characterization, plot, and appropriate format.

LA.8.LA.8.6.3.1: Reading and Language Arts

analyze ways that production elements (e.g., graphics, color, motion, sound, digital technology) affect communication across the media;

LA.8.LA.8.6.4.1: Reading and Language Arts

use appropriate available technologies to enhance communication and achieve a purpose (e.g., video, digital technology); and

LA.9-12.I.1.a: Communication Arts

analyze and evaluate literary devices and techniques

LA.9-12.I.1.b: Communication Arts

make connections to previously read or viewed material or to real situations

LA.9-12.I.1.c: Communication Arts

analyze the elements of fiction and nonfiction, including setting, plot, characters, theme, purpose, points of view, style and tone

LA.9-12.I.1.d: Communication Arts

analyze and evaluate cause and effect relationships in fiction and nonfiction

LA.9-12.I.2.a: Communication Arts

plan and design methods to collect reliable data for particular purposes and audiences

LA.9-12.I.2.b: Communication Arts

generate a list of key words and sources for a research topic

LA.9-12.I.2.c: Communication Arts

conduct searches using a variety of technologies and resources

LA.9-12.I.2.d: Communication Arts

select applicable primary and secondary resources from print and nonprint materials

LA.9-12.I.2.e: Communication Arts

access community resources

LA.9-12.I.3.a: Communication Arts

establish criteria for analyzing resources by identifying purpose and intended audience

LA.9-12.I.3.b: Communication Arts

select useful ways to organize materials

LA.9-12.I.3.c: Communication Arts

summarize or paraphrase information presented in a variety of communications

LA.9-12.I.3.d: Communication Arts

evaluate materials for faulty reasoning, biases and propaganda

LA.9-12.I.3.e: Communication Arts

identify similarities, differences, repetition and inaccuracies in data collected

LA.9-12.I.3.f: Communication Arts

draw conclusions and form opinions based on data collected

LA.9-12.I.4.a: Communication Arts

compare and contrast a variety of genres and texts

LA.9-12.I.4.b: Communication Arts

evaluate texts considering prior experiences and previous readings or observations

LA.9-12.I.4.c: Communication Arts

interpret and respond to texts through performances in the fine arts and other content areas

LA.9-12.I.5.a: Communication Arts

read, view, listen to and respond to literature, film and other texts from diverse cultures and eras

LA.9-12.I.5.b: Communication Arts

determine relationships between literature and other communications and their historical and/or cultural contexts

LA.9-12.I.5.c: Communication Arts

analyze and draw conclusions about the addition/deletion of words to a language and the changes in the meanings of words over time

LA.9-12.I.5.d: Communication Arts

create communications that reflect cultural, historical or current perspectives on a topic/issue

LA.9-12.I.6.a: Communication Arts

select effective communication strategies and formats to develop and clarify new ideas and perspectives

LA.9-12.I.6.b: Communication Arts

predict meanings of new words and concepts from context

LA.9-12.I.6.c: Communication Arts

predict outcomes, anticipate consequences, make judgments and adjust personal opinions based on new knowledge

LA.9-12.I.6.d: Communication Arts

provide support for observations and opinions
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-16.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This excellent resource offers a technically complete, content rich and pedagogically sound lesson plan for The Secret Life of Bees. Initially, a graphic table of contents shows what materials and printable resources are available with each of the children or lessons in this six week unit. Each week, different materials are offered which support a range of best practice strategies in teaching, ranging from anticipation guides, to schedules, to open ended responses, to graphic organizers, to inference strategies, to characterization, to vocab development, to exams, to rubrics and quizzes. This excellent unit provides a depth of instruction.
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