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The Secret Life of Bees Unit Plan

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The Secret Life of Bees
Week 1
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 3
Week 2
July 8, 2014
Do Now: ABC Brainstorm (1)
Introduction
Prezi

On the handout provided, list as many words as you can that could be associated with the
Civil Rights Movement
or the
1960's
.

Note: Think of important people, places or events
Agenda & Standards
Housekeeping: - Attendance
- Hand out journals/ folders
- Collect homework (signed syllabus)

1) Do Now: Students complete an ABC chart on any major events, people or places significant in the 1960’s
2) Review agenda and standards
3) Background prezi for
The Secret Life of Bees
4) Anticipation Guide
5) Read Chpt. 1 pgs. 1-15
6) Text Dependent Questions

Standards: RL.9-10.7, RI. 9-10.4, SL. 9-10.1, SL.9-10.3

Background Prezi
As I review the background for the novel, The Secret Life of Bees, please take notes.
Do NOT copy every word down.
Paraphrase and shorten words in order to get the gist of the lesson.
Anticipation Guide
Fill out the Anticipation Guide for
The Secret Life of Bees
to the best of your ability.
Focus on Setting
Song Analysis
Discussion Questions

1) Why would this song become an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, as we presently understand it (which is to say, with little historical background)?
2) What is the singer telling us, the listeners?
3) What does the song tell us about what the artist has witnessed or experienced?

"1964" Video Clip, Pictures, Headlines
Assessment: In a one page response, answer the following questions.

Can a song written in response to a specific event transcend time and place and have a lasting appeal?
Do Dylan’s lyrics have any meaning today?
Can you draw any comparisons between what we discussed today, the overall tone of the Civil Rights Movement, and the tone of Dylan’s song?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/1964/player/
Homework
Choose an Independent Reading novel (it would be smart to choose one on the summer reading list).
Bring in tomorrow for a homework grade!
Exit Slip
Fill out the "tweet" of the day and drop it in the basket on your way out.
July 7, 2014
July 9, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry 2
Quote Comparison
Chapter 1 - pgs. 1-15
13th & 14th Amendment
Academic Vocabulary
Agenda & Standards
Housekeeping: - Attendance
- Check AIR

1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) Academic Vocabulary- presumptuous
3) Song Analysis
4) Editorial
5) Read pgs. 10-20 with chronolog
6) Text Dependent Questions

Many people can remember a person or a place by scent. Lily remembers her mother's scent (6). How do you associate different smells with different people or places?
Sentence: "I know it is
presumptuous
to compare my small life to hers, but I have reason to believe she wouldn't mind.: (from
Secret Life of Bees
)
There are many types of civil rights.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is an example of an act passed by Congress to guarantee certain civil rights.
Task:
In groups, read Handout 3 and be able to specify the civil rights guaranteed in these amendments.
Compare the quote on Handout 3 by Lyndon Johnson to the following quote by John F. Kennedy.

The Negro baby born in America today, regardless of the section of the nation in which he is born, has about one-half as much chance of completing high school as a white baby born in the same place on the same day; one third as much chance of completing college; one third as much chance of becoming a professional man; twice as much chance of becoming unemployed; about one-seventh as much chance of earning $10,000 a year; a life expectancy which is seven years shorter; and the prospects of earning only half as much.
We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it. And we cherish our freedom here at home. But are we to say to the world - and much more importantly to each other - that this is the land of the free, except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens, except Negroes; that we no class or caste system, no ghettos, no master race, except with respect to Negroes. (June 11, 1963)

Do either of these quotes enable you to better understand what life was like at this time?
As we read, please fill out the chronolog to ensure comprehension.
After reading, you will be required to answer "text dependent questions."
These types of questions require you to use the text to find the answers. Include the page numbers in your response in which you found the answer.
Text Dependent Questions - Chpt. 1- pgs. 1-15
1. The narrator makes an allusion about the bees, “Looking back on it now, I want to say the bees were sent to me. I want to say they showed up like the angel Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary, setting events in motion I never could have guessed” (2). What does she allude to and why?

2. Lily says that the bees could have stung her until she died, and it would not have been the worst thing to happen. What do you learn about her from this?

3. Lily describes her mother’s death on pages 6, 7, and 8. She does not directly say so, but she implies that she caused her mother’s death. How did that happen?

4. Why does Lily “smell every perfume bottle they had?”

5. Why does Lily pick scabs and feel that she is “impersonating a girl?”

6. When Rosaleen stands up to T. Ray about the chick, Lily says, “his boots whispered uncle all the way down the hall”. What does she mean? What literary term is used in the quote?
Homework
Bring in AIR novel.
Exit Slip
Fill out the "tweet" of the day.
July 10, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry 3
Agenda/Standards
Integration Parade Poem
Chapter 1- pgs. 10-20
Homework
Bring in AIR book.
Exit Slip
Fill out the "tweet" of the day.
Lily hides her mother’s things in a secret hiding place. Have you ever had a secret hiding place? What kind of things did you put there? If you never had a secret hiding place, where would you hide things that you wanted to keep secret? What kind of things would you hide? KEEP IT LEGAL/ SCHOOL APPROPRIATE!
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) 13th & 14th Amendments/Handout 3
4) Quote Comparison
5) Read pgs. 21-33 with chronolog
6) Text Dependent Questions

Task:
With your group, read the poem. Make annotations as you read.
On the bottom of Handout #4, answer the following questions:
Who is the narrator?
What events is s/he discussing?
What is the time frame for this poem?
What event does the title refer to?
Read "Timeline of Events" Answer the following question on the bottom of the handout.
How does this article help you better understand the poem?
Text Dependent Questions
7. Why does T. Ray tell Lily about her mother before she starts school?





Definition: (of a person or their behavior) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.

Synonyms:brazen, overconfident, arrogant, bold, audacious, forward, familiar, impertinent, insolent, impudent, cocky;
Text Dependent Questions
8. On page 26, Lily says that she “understood that a new rooftop would do wonders” for her. What does she mean?

9. Every chapter begins with a quote about bees. Each one was chosen to suit the chapter. Why do you think the quote about the missing queen was chosen for chapter one? Who is the missing queen?
Chapter 1- pgs. 20-33
Sentence: "I hope I won't be considered presumptuous if I offer some advice"
Standards: RL.9-10.7, RI. 9-10.4, SL. 9-10.1, SL.9-10.3
July 11, 2014
Agenda/Standards
Do Now: Journal Entry 4
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) Integration Parade Poem
3) Handouts 4 & 5
3) Read Chpt. 2 pgs. 34-45 with chronolog
5) Text Dependent Questions
In Chapter 1, on page 18, T. Ray asks Lily what she remembers about her mother’s death. She was four at the time.
What are your earliest memories?
How early do we have the capacity to remember?
Support your opinion.
Chapter 2- pgs. 34-45
Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "A brazen feeling had broken loose in me, a daring something that had been locked up in my chest" (38).
Exit Ticket
Text Dependent Questions
Definition: (adj.) bold and without shame.
Synonyms: bold, shameless, unashamed, unabashed, unembarrassed
Example:
1. Lily says to Rosaleen, “What can they do to you with a policeman right here?” (35). What happened immediately afterward?

2. What does Lily say “nearly did me in?” (37).

3. What two things does the conversation between Lily and T. Ray on pages 37, 38, and 39 reveal?

4. What does Lily believe will “sink [her] forever”? (40). Why might this knowledge “sink” her?

5. Lily alludes to Thomas Edison when she talks about her father’s ability to think of punishments. What does she mean?

6. What is the meaning of the metaphor of the jar: “Lily Melissa Owens, your jar is open?” (41).

Fill out the "tweet" of the day.
July 14, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry 4
Agenda/Standards
1) Do Now-Journal
2) Agenda/Standards
3) "Civil Rights Workers Disappear" article and 10% Summary
4) Video Clip
5) Read Chpt. 2- pgs. 45-56
6) Text Dependent Questions
"Civil Rights Workers Disappear"
Task:
Read the article and compete the 10% Summary handout.
Chpt. 2
Text Dependent Questions
Exit Slip
Create a "tweet" for the day.
What does T. Ray tell Lily about her mother? (39) How do you think she feels?
Agenda
1) Do Now-Journal
2) Agenda/Standards
3) Reader's Response Journals
4) Finish Chpt. 2 Text Dependent Questions
5) Read Chpt. 3- pgs. 57- 66
6) Reader's Response Journal
7) Text Dependent Questions
Reader's Response Journal
As part of this course, you will be required to keep a Reader's Response Journal. Your task today is to catch up on the entries from last week.

Task:
In the packet provided, or in your own notebook, create entries for July 8th up until now (total of 5).
Choose prompts from the list or see me for additional prompts.
Use specific details from the text in your entries.
Do not just summarize! Be insightful and observant of characterization, themes, symbols, motifs and so forth.
July 15, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
The Supremes song that Lily hears makes her think: “There’s nothing like a song about lost love to remind you how everything precious can slip from the hinges where you’ve hung it so careful” (50). Write about a song that resonates with you or reminds you of something.
Academic Vocabulary
Chpt. 3
Text Dependent Questions
Exit Slip
1. What do you think is the significance of Rosaleen’s odd dream?



2. What does Lily’s question and Rosaleen’s answer about the Civil Rights Act reveal about them?



3. Lily realizes “there is nothing but mystery in the world….” (63). Why does she think so?



4. The bee quote at the start of the chapter talks about how to find the queen. Why is this appropriate for this chapter?

Create a "tweet" of the day.
1. Lily says to Rosaleen, “What can they do to you with a policeman right here?” (35). What happened immediately afterward?

2. What does Lily say “nearly did me in?” (37).

3. What two things does the conversation between Lily and T. Ray on pages 37, 38, and 39 reveal?

4. What does Lily believe will “sink [her] forever”? (40). Why might this knowledge “sink” her?

5. Lily alludes to Thomas Edison when she talks about her father’s ability to think of punishments. What does she mean?

6. What is the meaning of the metaphor of the jar: “Lily Melissa Owens, your jar is open?” (41).

7. Why is Lily angry at Rosaleen?

8. On page 52, Rosaleen says, “I guess I can go to my grave now, because I’ve seen it all.” What does she mean?

9. Why does Rosaleen get angry with Lily?

10. Why does Lily call Rosaleen “dumb?” (54).

11. Consider the description of Rosaleen on page 55 and Lily’s thought: “Mother, forgive.” What does this tell you about Lily’s relationship with Rosaleen?

12. Explain the importance of Lily’s ability to lie.

13. Why do you think the quote for chapter 2 was chosen? Who starts in a new “suitable place”?

July 16, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) Independent Reading
3) Academic Vocabulary – Chpt. 4
4) Birmingham Bombings- Article & Clips
5) Read Chpt. 4 pgs. 69-81 with chronolog
6) Reader’s Response (characterization)
5) Text Dependent Questions

Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "But I found it - a little river, not much bigger than the creek where Rosaleen and I had bathed. I watched the currents
meander
, the lazy ripples that once in a while broke along the surface.
When you are finished, work on Chpt. 2 Text Dependent Questions.
Sentence: I pointed to the honey jars. "Where did you get those?" He thought the tone of shock in my voice was really
consternation.
"I know what you mean. A lot of folks won't buy it 'cause it's got the Virgin Mary pictured as a colored woman..."
Definition: a feeling of worry, shock or fear; often happens when something unexpected happens.
Synonyms: dismay, distress, surprise, amazement, astonishment, alarm
Example: An alarming number of shark sightings have been causing consternation along the coast of the Jersey Shore.
"I dropped the Red Rose snuff in my bag and zipped it up. Rosaleen had been beaten up, gone without food, slept on the hard ground, and who could say how long before she'd be back in jail or even killed? She deserved her snuff" (63). Lily is caught between feeling the guilt of breaking the law and Rosaleen's need for snuff.

What is a time when you have been caught between two different kinds of guilt?

If you can't think of a time, write about an example from another text, movie, tv show, etc.
Definition: (of a river or road) follow a winding course
Synonyms: zigzag, wind, twist, turn, curve, curl, bend, snake
Example: The river meandered gently.
Birmingham Bombings
Chapter 4
Text Dependent Questions
Exit Ticket
Create a "tweet" for today.
1. Lily believes her “body knows things” (69). What does she think her body knows?

2. Why is Lily’s thought about the black Mary, “…she could straighten you out if necessary,” both wonderful and terrifying? (70).

3. Why does May begin to sing “Oh! Susanna”?

4. How does Rosaleen’s behavior as they walk across the rainy lawn contrast with her behavior when she talked about the Civil Rights Act in Chapter 3?

5. What does Lily say is the secret of a good lie?

6. Why does Lily say “…my skin had never felt so white to me”? (78).

7. Explain the significance of the quote at the beginning of the chapter.

Complete an entry in your Reader's Response Journal for today's reading.
Task: Read the two articles using close reading strategies and answer the 3 questions at the end.
Birmingham Bombings
Birmingham Bombings
As we read the article, use a highlighter or pen to demonstrate close reading skills.
July 17, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Every teen wishes to be normal; Lily is no exception (79). What does it even mean to be normal? Do you think most teens feel the same as Lily? Have you ever felt this way? Can you think of an example from another text, movie, TV show, etc. when a character feels as though they just want to be "normal"?
Academic Vocabulary
Chpt. 5
Text Dependent Questions
Exit Slip
Agenda
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Chpt. 4 Reader's Response & Questions
4) Academic Vocabulary Chpt. 5
5) Read Chpt. 5 pgs. 82-94 with chronolog
6) Reader’s Response
7) Text Dependent Questions
Sentence: I hadn't known this was possible- to reject people for being white. "Righteous
indignation
" is what Brother Gerald called it. Jesus had righteous indignation when he turned over the tables in the temple and drove out the thieving moneychangers.
Definition: anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.
Synonyms: resentment, displeasure, anger, outrage, irritation
Example:
1. How does the “honey song” say “everything” about living in the pink house? (83).

2. What does August say to her that delights Lily?

3. How does Lily describe June?

4. What does June say that is a “revelation” to Lily? What does Lily allude to in her reaction when she says she has “righteous indignation?” (87).

5. What does Lily conclude about color when she goes outside? How is her expression of her thought indicative of the author’s sense of humor?

6. Why does Lily feel uncomfortable when they are watching TV?

7. Why does Lily think August told her the story of Beatrix the nun?

8. What is the most important bee yard rule, according to August?

9. Explain the significance of Lily’s wondering about May’s sensitivity: “Would it divide the hurt in two, make it lighter to bear, the way feeling someone’s joy seemed to double it?” (95).

10. What happened to April?

11. Lily says that she knew the world was not fair long before she turned eleven. What does she mean?

12. What is the wailing wall? What does Lily put into the wailing wall?

13. In the quote at the beginning of the chapter, it points out that the bees live in darkness. How is that true for Lily in this chapter?

Agenda
Chapter 5
Complete an entry in the Reader's Response Journal for today.
Marking Period 1
Summative Assessments Due Today:
Chpts. 1-4 chronolog
Journal
Reader's Response Journal
Exit Slip
Create a "tweet" for the day.
July 18, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
On page 87, June says, "But she's white August." Lily overhears her. Why is this unusual for Lily to hear? Discuss how white people can experience discrimination.
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) Independent Reading
3) Ballad of Birmingham Close Reading
3) Read Chpt. 5 pgs. 94-101 with chronolog
4) Reader’s Response
5) Text Dependent Questions

Create a "tweet" for today.
Complete an entry in your Reader's Response Journal for today's reading.
1. How does the “honey song” say “everything” about living in the pink house? (83).

2. What does August say to her that delights Lily?

3. How does Lily describe June?

4. What does June say that is a “revelation” to Lily? What does Lily allude to in her reaction when she says she has “righteous indignation?” (87).

5. What does Lily conclude about color when she goes outside? How is her expression of her thought indicative of the author’s sense of humor?

6. Why does Lily feel uncomfortable when they are watching TV?

7. Why does Lily think August told her the story of Beatrix the nun?

8. What is the most important bee yard rule, according to August?

9. Explain the significance of Lily’s wondering about May’s sensitivity: “Would it divide the hurt in two, make it lighter to bear, the way feeling someone’s joy seemed to double it?” (95).

10. What happened to April?

11. Lily says that she knew the world was not fair long before she turned eleven. What does she mean?

12. What is the wailing wall? What does Lily put into the wailing wall?

13. In the quote at the beginning of the chapter, it points out that the bees live in darkness. How is that true for Lily in this chapter?
Text Dependent Questions
Formative Assessments Due Today:
Academic Vocabulary
Independent Reading Log
Chpt. 5 TDQ's
Ballad of Birmingham
Task:
Perform a close reading of the poem by using annotations.
Answer the text dependent questions on the back of the handout.

July 21, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Academic Vocabulary
4) Chpt. 6
5) Reader's Response
6) Text Dependent Questions
Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: I thought about explaining to her my mother's
ingenious
method of ridding the house roaches- cracker crumbs and marshmallows-but then I thought, This is June,
forget it
.
Chapter 6
Text Dependent Questions
Exit Slip
Create a "tweet" of the day.
What caused April to become "deflated about life"? What does this mean?
Definition: (of a person) clever, original, and inventive.
Synonyms: inventive, creative, imaginative, original, innovative, resourceful, inspired; clever, intelligent, smart, brilliant, masterly, talented, gifted, skillful; sharp-witted
Example:
Reader's Response Prompt
1. Why will June not get married?


2. What is the number one question in South Carolina, and why is it asked?


3. Who are the “Daughters of Mary?”


4. August reads the Bible verses attributed to Mary. Why are these verses especially appropriate for black people?


5. What is the miracle of “Our Lady of Chains”? How did she get her name?


6. Why does Lily not touch Mary’s heart?

7. According to the book, “you can never underestimate the power of cutthroat competition” (113). What is meant by this?


8. Why is August sad at the thought of a rocket landing on the moon?


9. The quote at the beginning of the chapter says the queen produces something to attract the workers. Who is the queen in this chapter, and what does she produce? Who are the workers she attracts?


Choose a quote from Chapter 6 that you find important enough to analyze. This quote can relate to characterization, a major theme, or a significant symbol.

Some things to consider:
Characterization: process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.
Major Themes: The Importance of Storytelling, The Irrationality of Racism, The Power of the Female Community
Symbols: Beehives, Photographs, The Black Mary

July 22, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2)Review Chpt. 6 Questions
3) Chpts. 1-6 Quiz (AIR when done)
4) Academic Vocabulary
5) Read Chpt. 7 (pgs. 115-123)
6) Reader's Response Journal
7) Text Dependent Questions
Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "He had patches of honey on his shirt, which were attracting a horde of flies and causing him to swat incessantly" (120).
Chapter 7
1. “At my school they made fun of colored people’s lips and noses. I myself had laughed at these jokes, hoping to fit in” (116). Describe what you think about Lily’s thoughts in this passage. Does it surprise you that she laughed?

2. Why does Zach get upset when Lily suggests he could be a professional player?

3. Zach says: “You gotta imagine what’s never been” (121). What does he mean?

4. What does Lily feel she needs to do before she can tell August the truth about herself? What is she afraid of?

5. What shocks Lily when she is riding with Zach? Why is this thought such a shock to Lily?

6. “Danger, I realized, was a thing you got used to” (126). What two dangers is Lily facing when she says this?

7. Why does Lily cry?

8. Why does Zach tell her to go back to her side of the truck?

9. What is the metaphor Lily uses at the end of Pg. 133, and what does she mean?

10. Explain the significance of the quotation at the beginning of the chapter.






Exit Slip
Create a "tweet" of the day.
In your own words, describe the "special service" held by the Boatwright sister and the Daughters of Mary.
Definition: without interruption; constantly.
Synonyms: constantly, continually, all the time, nonstop, without stopping, without a break, around/round the clock, interminably, unremittingly, ceaselessly, endlessly
Examples:
Complete an entry in your Reader's Response Journal Packet for Chpt. 7
Chpts. 1-6 Quiz
Part 1
- Put the events in order
Part 2
- Explain what is happening in the novel. Then explain why it is important. (Does it connect to characterization, plot, theme, etc,)
Part 3
- Figurative Language
Simile- Comparison of two things using "like or as"
Metaphor- Comparison
without
using "like" or "as"
Personification- Giving inanimate objects human qualities
Part 4
- Answer the question by:
a) finding a quote
b) explaining what you know about the question
c) answer the question using the text evidence and your own knowledge
Part 5
- Constructed Response (2 paragraphs)
- Make sure to include a topic sentence, text evidence, and a detailed explanation in each paragraph!
When you are finished, take out your AIR and log and continue reading independently.
Open Book!
July 23, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Academic Vocabulary Chpt. 7
4) Read Chpt. 7 to the end
5) Reader's Response
6) Text Dependent Questions
Chapter 7
Complete a Reader's Response entry for today.
4 Little Girls Documentary
Exit Slip
Complete a "tweet" of the day.
Lily's friendship with Zach is growing. Discuss how probable a friendship or romance could be between a white girl and a black boy during this time period in the American South.
1. “At my school they made fun of colored people’s lips and noses. I myself had laughed at these jokes, hoping to fit in” (116). Describe what you think about Lily’s thoughts in this passage. Does it surprise you that she laughed?

2. Why does Zach get upset when Lily suggests he could be a professional player?

3. Zach says: “You gotta imagine what’s never been” (121). What does he mean?

4. What does Lily feel she needs to do before she can tell August the truth about herself? What is she afraid of?

5. What shocks Lily when she is riding with Zach? Why is this thought such a shock to Lily?

6. “Danger, I realized, was a thing you got used to” (126). What two dangers is Lily facing when she says this?

7. Why does Lily cry?

8. Why does Zach tell her to go back to her side of the truck?

9. What is the metaphor Lily uses at the end of Pg. 133, and what does she mean?

10. Explain the significance of the quotation at the beginning of the chapter.
Complete the film guide as you watch the documentary.
July 24, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Review Chpt. 7 TDQ's
4) Academic Vocabulary
5) Read Chpt. 8 pgs. 136-152
6) Reader's Response Journal
7) TDQ's
8) 4 Little Girls Documentary
Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "I'd seen the plague of locusts at the movies, the sky filled with hordes of insects looking like kamikaze planes" (151).
Chapter 8
Complete an entry in the Reader's Response Journal.
4 Little Girls
Exit Slip
On page 130, Lily sees August reading Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre is the story of a small, plain-faced, intelligent, and passionate English orphan. Jane is abused by her aunt and cousin and then attends a harsh charity school. Through it all she remains strong and determinedly refuses to allow a cruel world to crush her independence or her strength of will.
Could this be symbolic in the story? Explain why.
Definition: (in World War II) a Japanese aircraft loaded with explosives and making a deliberate suicidal crash on an enemy target.
Example:
1. What does Lily want to say to the bees?

2. Why does August tell Lily about the thirty-two words for love in the Eskimo language?

3. August says, “You see, everybody needs a God who looks like them, Lily” (141). Why is it a little ironic for her to say this to Lily?

4. Explain what August means when she says, “I swear, if you listen to my chest with a stethoscope, what you’d hear is that story going on and on in my Big Mama’s voice” (142).

5. Contrast August’s story with Lily’s. Why does Lily say her story “sort of” ends her life? (142).

6. What does Big Mama say about lady beekeepers and what does it reveal about her?

7. August describes Big Mama’s story of hearing the bees sing on Christmas Eve. Does August mean the story literally? How does this relate to the title of the book?

8. When August could not get a teaching job, she became a housekeeper for a white family, but she says of June “you wouldn’t catch her keeping house for white people” (145). How does this help explain June’s resentment of Lily?

9. “The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters” (147). Explain the importance of August’s statement as it applies to Lily.

10. Lily states, “…I loved the idea of bees having a secret life, just like the one I was living” (148). What is the major difference between the secret life of bees and the secret life of Lily?

11. What happens when Lily lets the bees cover her?

12. Lily notices that the black Mary label she had stuck on herself is coming “unglued” (152). How is this a metaphor for Lily’s situation?

13. What does May want to celebrate?

14. What are the people in town stirred up about?

15. Why is Lily sick of “skin pigment?” (155).

16. What does Lily do while Mr. Forrest and Zach are out of the room?

17. What does Lily ask her father? Why does she ask this?

18. Why does Lily write a letter to her father only to tear it all up when she is done?

19. What does Lily finally do at the end of chapter eight?

20. How does the quote at the beginning of the chapter explain Lily’s fear about telling August the truth?



Complete the viewing guide as you watch the film
Create a "tweet" of the day.
July 25, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Finish Chpt. 8
4) Reader's Response
5) TDQ's
6) 4 Little Girls film
Chapter 8
Complete an entry in the Reader's Response Journal
4 Little Girls
Exit Slip
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On page 137, Lily decides if she could have picked a month to be named for, she'd have selected October and gives her reasons. What month would you like to be named after? Why?
1. What does Lily want to say to the bees?

2. Why does August tell Lily about the thirty-two words for love in the Eskimo language?

3. August says, “You see, everybody needs a God who looks like them, Lily” (141). Why is it a little ironic for her to say this to Lily?

4. Explain what August means when she says, “I swear, if you listen to my chest with a stethoscope, what you’d hear is that story going on and on in my Big Mama’s voice” (142).

5. Contrast August’s story with Lily’s. Why does Lily say her story “sort of” ends her life? (142).

6. What does Big Mama say about lady beekeepers and what does it reveal about her?

7. August describes Big Mama’s story of hearing the bees sing on Christmas Eve. Does August mean the story literally? How does this relate to the title of the book?

8. When August could not get a teaching job, she became a housekeeper for a white family, but she says of June “you wouldn’t catch her keeping house for white people” (145). How does this help explain June’s resentment of Lily?

9. “The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters” (147). Explain the importance of August’s statement as it applies to Lily.

10. Lily states, “…I loved the idea of bees having a secret life, just like the one I was living” (148). What is the major difference between the secret life of bees and the secret life of Lily?

11. What happens when Lily lets the bees cover her?

12. Lily notices that the black Mary label she had stuck on herself is coming “unglued” (152). How is this a metaphor for Lily’s situation?

Compete the film guide as you watch the documentary.
July 28, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now- Journal Entry
2) Review Agenda
3) Academic Vocabulary Chpt. 9
4) Read Chpt. 9 pgs. 165-176
5) Reader's Response
6) Chpt. 9 TDQ's

Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "May had turned back to her work. She seemed oblivious to me sitting there" (173).
Chapter 9
Complete an entry in the Reader's Response Journal.
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In Chapter 8, Lily makes a list of things she loves. What is on her list? Create your own list of things you love. Include at least 5 things (objects, people, etc.).
Definition: not aware of or not concerned about what is happening around one.
Synonyms: unaware of, unconscious of, heedless of, unmindful of, insensible of/to, ignorant of, blind to, deaf to, unsuspecting of, unobservant of; insensitive to, unconcerned with, impervious to, unaffected by, indifferent to; informal, clueless
Example:
1. Why does August wake Lily on July 28th?

2. What does the following quote reveal about Lily? “After you get stung, you can’t get unstung no matter how much you whine about it” (167).

3. What do May and Rosaleen do on this sweltering day?

4. What simile does Lily use to explain why she keeps the hose turned on June, even though June is plainly angry?

5. How does Rosaleen’s wisdom end the hostilities?

6. What does June do that astonishes Lily?

7. When does Lily say “the real troubles in life happen?” (170). What does she mean?

8. Who does Lily say is behind her hidden doors?

9. What is May doing, and why is it so significant to Lily?

10. What does May do after she acknowledges that she knew Lily’s mother?

11. Why do you think Lily dreams of her mother as a roach “with her worst nature exposed?” (175).



July 29, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now: Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Read Chpt. 9- End
4) Reader's Response
5) Text Dependent Questions
Chapter 9
Complete a Reader's Response entry for this section.
Exit Ticket
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On page 173, Lily asks May if she ever knew a Deborah Fontanel (Lily's mother). How is May's response a turning point in the story? How does Lily react to her answer? Why does May suddenly need to go to her wailing wall?
12. What had Lily been about to do when Zach talks her into going with him?

13. When the boy provokes the white man, Lily says she sees a look on his face she had seen on T. Ray’s “a thousand times” (178). What is that look?

14. August, on page 147, says, “The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.” Does Zach make a choice that matters?

15. When they finally get to see Zach, what does August talk about? Why do you think she does this?

16. What does Lily say everyone wants?

17. There is another example of foreshadowing on page 185. What is it? Why do you think the author chose to “warn” the reader on these occasions?

18. Why does Lily think the rocks should be thanked8. The quote at the beginning of the chapter has to do with communication. What messages are sent in this chapter?

July 30, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now- Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Academic Vocabulary Chpt. 10
4) Review Chpt. 9 Questions
5) Read Chpt. 10 pgs. 189-204
6) Reader's Response
7) Text Dependent Questions

Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "The best I could, I told her the miserable details careful not to leave anything out: Rosaleen practicing writing her name, the three men
taunting
her, how she poured snuff juice on their shoes" (239).
Chapter 10
Complete an entry in the Reader's Response Journal.
Exit Ticket
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Lily tells Zach: "I'll put it in a story." She shares her thoughts: "It's something everybody wants, for someone to see the hurt done to them and set it down like it matters" (185). What prompted her to say this? How are events in society affecting her personal life?
Example:
Definition: provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks.
Synonyms: jeer at, sneer at, scoff at, poke fun at, make fun of, get at, insult, tease, torment, goad, ridicule, deride, mock, heckle
1. When they are searching for May, Lily begins to say the “Hail Mary” prayer. What does Lily say about her reasons for doing so?

2. Where do they find May?

3. To what does Lily compare finding May’s body?

4. Interpret this sentence: “This had been the thing they’d been waiting for half their lives without even realizing it” (194).

5. Why does the policeman ask Lily so many questions?

6. What is a vigil, and why does August say they are going to hold one?

7. What does Lily pray for May to do for her?

8. What sentence describes the change Lily sees in Zach?

9. Interpret Lily’s description of blame: “…the blame would find a way to stick to them. That’s how blame was” (204).

10. What do August and Zach and Lily do to the hives and why?

11. What is the secret thing which causes Lily’s gladness?

12. What does Lily think is “a better plan” for blacks and whites to get along? (209). How is this somewhat contradictory to her next observation?

13. What does August say May meant for June to do when she said, “Don’t mess it up?” (210).

14. The quote at the beginning of the chapter is another example of the author foreshadowing a sad part of the book. Why might some people object to this?

July 31, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
After May commits suicide, August announces that they'll be sitting vigil. How do different cultures and religions observe rituals regarding death and burial? Why are they important?
Agenda
1) Do Now- Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Read Chpt 10- end
4) Reader's Response
5) TDQ's
Chapter 10
Complete a Reader's Response entry for today.
1. When they are searching for May, Lily begins to say the “Hail Mary” prayer. What does Lily say about her reasons for doing so?

2. Where do they find May?

3. To what does Lily compare finding May’s body?

4. Interpret this sentence: “This had been the thing they’d been waiting for half their lives without even realizing it” (194).

5. Why does the policeman ask Lily so many questions?

6. What is a vigil, and why does August say they are going to hold one?

7. What does Lily pray for May to do for her?

8. What sentence describes the change Lily sees in Zach?

9. Interpret Lily’s description of blame: “…the blame would find a way to stick to them. That’s how blame was” (204).

10. What do August and Zach and Lily do to the hives and why?

11. What is the secret thing which causes Lily’s gladness?

12. What does Lily think is “a better plan” for blacks and whites to get along? (209). How is this somewhat contradictory to her next observation?

13. What does August say May meant for June to do when she said, “Don’t mess it up?” (210).

14. The quote at the beginning of the chapter is another example of the author foreshadowing a sad part of the book. Why might some people object to this?

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August 1, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
On page 209 Lily decides "everybody being colorless would be better than trying to have whites get along with blacks." At what age do children become aware of differences? Of races?
Agenda
1) Do Now- Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Academic Vocabulary
4) Chpt. 11
5) Reader's Response Entry
6) TDQ's
Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "The next morning I slept late, considering the on and off night I'd had, plus I'd been falling into lazy habits without the honey house to keep me
industrious
" (219).
Definition: diligent and hard-working.
Synonyms: hard-working, diligent, assiduous, conscientious, steady, painstaking, sedulous, persevering, unflagging, untiring, tireless, indefatigable, studious; busy, as busy as a bee, active, bustling, energetic, on the go, vigorous, determined, dynamic, zealous, productive;
Example:
Chapter 11
Complete an entry in the Reader's Response Journal.
1. Why can Lily not tell August about herself now that May’s funeral is over?

2. Why is Lily walking in the woods, counting how long it takes her to see a bird land on the tree?

3. What does June say the wind does for her when she goes out with Neil?

4. Why does Zach tell Lily they have to think about changing the world?

5. How has Zach changed?

6. Interpret the meaning of August’s putting May’s suicide note into a deep crevice in the black Mary.

7. What does June finally agree to? Why?

8. What part of the Mary Day ceremony makes Lily “feel better about the world?” (226).

9. August says that “remembering is everything” and that is why they reenact the chaining of Mary (228). Why does this bother Lily?

10. What is the fish necklace that the boys put on Lily? What upsets her the most about the incident?

11. What is the new necklace that Zach gives to Lily, and what does he promise?

12. What do you think is the relevance of the quote at the beginning of this chapter?

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August 4, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
What does Zach mean when he tells Lily: "That jail cell is gonna make me earn grades higher than I ever got" (230).

Agenda
1) Do Now- Journal Entry
2) Finish Chpt. 11 TDQ's
3) Read Chpt. 12
4) Reader's Response
5) TDQ's
Chapter 12
Complete an entry in the Reader's Response Journal
1) What does Lily say is a “big shock” when she looks at the pictures of Mary in August’s room?

2) Why had August not told Lily that she knew who Lily was when she arrived?

3) What causes the “wall of glass” to break in Lily’s chest? (238).

4) What does Lily say happens one or two moments in your life?

5) When Lily hears that secret, what does she hear? What does August say about it?

6) How does August explain June’s resentment of Lily?

7) Interpret this quote: “June always said that most people bit off more than they could chew, but August chewed more than she bit off” (244).

8) How does August describe Deborah as a little girl?

9) How does August’s description of T. Ray clash with Lily’s knowledge of him?

10) Why did Deborah get married, and why does the knowledge upset Lily?

11) What does Lily say she wants to be when she grows up? What does she mean?

12) What is the final bit of information August gives Lily that causes Lily to say she hates her mother?

13) What does August say to excuse Deborah?

14) When she thinks she has disappointed August, Lily says, “Some of my pridefulness drained out” (253). How was it prideful of her to criticize her mother?

15) Why was Deborah back in Sylvan when she was killed?

16) What does August remind Lily before she leaves?

17) How does the quote at the beginning of the chapter relate to Lily’s anguish?



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August 5, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
On page 237, August tells Lily about her mother, who she took care of as a child. She mentions she hid in a tree to avoid having to memorize Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." Lily remembers learning the same poem.
- Read the poem and write in your journal what you think the poem is about.
- What themes are portrayed in both the poem and the novel?
Agenda
1) Do Now/ Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Academic Vocabulary
4) Read Chpt. 12- end
5) Reader's Response
6) TDQ's
Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: The dog had started barking again, and August grew quiet. We listened like it was some kind of
serenade
, while I sat with my eyes closed" (247).
Definition: a piece of music sung or played in the open air, typically by a man at night under the window of his lover.
Example:
Chapter 12
Complete an entry in the Reader's Response Journal.
1) What does Lily say is a “big shock” when she looks at the pictures of Mary in August’s room?

2) Why had August not told Lily that she knew who Lily was when she arrived?

3) What causes the “wall of glass” to break in Lily’s chest? (238).

4) What does Lily say happens one or two moments in your life?

5) When Lily hears that secret, what does she hear? What does August say about it?

6) How does August explain June’s resentment of Lily?

7) Interpret this quote: “June always said that most people bit off more than they could chew, but August chewed more than she bit off” (244).

8) How does August describe Deborah as a little girl?

9) How does August’s description of T. Ray clash with Lily’s knowledge of him?

10) Why did Deborah get married, and why does the knowledge upset Lily?

11) What does Lily say she wants to be when she grows up? What does she mean?

12) What is the final bit of information August gives Lily that causes Lily to say she hates her mother?

13) What does August say to excuse Deborah?

14) When she thinks she has disappointed August, Lily says, “Some of my pridefulness drained out” (253). How was it prideful of her to criticize her mother?

15) Why was Deborah back in Sylvan when she was killed?

16) What does August remind Lily before she leaves?

17) How does the quote at the beginning of the chapter relate to Lily’s anguish?
Exit Slip
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August 6, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
August tells Lily, "There is nothing perfect, there is only life" (256). What are some examples of life's imperfections? What are some challenges that you face in life? How do they help you grow as a person?
Agenda
1) Do Now/Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Academic Vocabulary
4) Read Chpt. 13 pgs. 257-265
5) Reader's Response
6) TDQ's
Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "This was not all my imagination, as I had glimpsed an actual picture of this in August's book- a statue of Mary with a wide-open door and, inside, all these people tucked away in the secret world of
consolation
.
Definition: comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment.
Synonyms: comfort, solace, sympathy, compassion, pity, commiseration, empathy; relief, help, support, moral support, encouragement, reassurance
Example:
Chapter 13
Complete a Reader's Response Journal entry.
1) What does Lily want from Mary?

2) What does Lily say is the “really terrible thing?” (258).

3) How does Lily act out her anger?

4) What does Lily want the statue to do?

5) Lily says that she could lock the bitter tone in her voice forever. What does she mean?

6) Rosaleen is not surprised when Lily tells her that her mother left her. Why did Rosaleen not tell Lily that she had suspected as much?

7) What does Lily ask August to do for her?

8) What does August do with the honey during the Mary ceremony? Why is Lily a little annoyed by it?

9) Why does Lily want to be the last to clean her hands?

10) What does August bring to Lily in the hat box?

11) What does August say about the mirror? What does she mean?

12) What does Lily find on the brush?

13) How does Lily interpret the poem by William Blake that her mother had underlined?

14) Describe the picture in the frame. What does Lily conclude when she sees this picture?

15) How does the description of the worker bee at the beginning
August 7, 2014
In this chapter, Lily confronts many of her feelings about her mother leaving her. Write a diary entry (1 paragraph) from Lily or August's point of view that reflects their conversation about Lily's mother, Deborah Owens. Be sure to include specific examples from the text in your entry.
Do Now: Journal Entry
Agenda
1) Do Now- Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Review Chpt. 13 TDQs 1-6
4) Read Chpt. 13- end
5) Reader's Response
6) TDQs

Chapter 13
Complete a Reader's Response Journal entry for today.
1) What does Lily want from Mary?

2) What does Lily say is the “really terrible thing?” (258).

3) How does Lily act out her anger?

4) What does Lily want the statue to do?

5) Lily says that she could lock the bitter tone in her voice forever. What does she mean?

6) Rosaleen is not surprised when Lily tells her that her mother left her. Why did Rosaleen not tell Lily that she had suspected as much?

7) What does Lily ask August to do for her?

8) What does August do with the honey during the Mary ceremony? Why is Lily a little annoyed by it?

9) Why does Lily want to be the last to clean her hands?

10) What does August bring to Lily in the hat box?

11) What does August say about the mirror? What does she mean?

12) What does Lily find on the brush?

13) How does Lily interpret the poem by William Blake that her mother had underlined?

14) Describe the picture in the frame. What does Lily conclude when she sees this picture?

15) How does the description of the worker bee at the beginning
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August 8, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
How does seeing the photograph of her mother holding her make Lily feel? (275) How is this a sign to Lily.
Agenda
1) Do Now- Journal entry
2) AIR
3) Review Chpt. 13 TDQs 1-6
4) Read Chpt. 14
5) Reader's Response
6) TDQs
Chapter 14
Complete a Reader's Response Journal entry for today.
1. What is the simile Lily uses to describe her heart?

2. What does Lily believe people would rather die than do?

3. Why does Lily think she must have loved her “little collection of hurts and wounds?” (278).

4. What is the “peculiar nature of the world?” (279).

5. What does August say to June while looking at Lily? What is she trying to tell Lily?

7. Why does Lily run up the stairs after Rosaleen?

8. When Lily cleans out the honey house that night, she finally figures out why she has been carrying around the mouse bones. What does she think?

9. What is Lily’s last thought as she drifts off to sleep?

10. What does August show to Lily?

11. August explains why she told the Beatrix story to Lily, and her reason is not what Lily thought. What was August trying to say?



Exit Slip
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August 11, 2014
Do Now: Journal Entry
What does August mean when she tells Lily she has to "find a mother inside yourself" (288). What are the characteristics August tells Lily she needs?
Agenda
1) Do Now- Journal Entry
2) AIR
3) Academic Vocabulary
4) Review Chpt. 14 questions
5) Read Chpt. 14- end
6) Reader's Response
7) TDQs

Academic Vocabulary
Sentence: "The bees were sitting out here on the landing board looking
melancholy
. If you see bees loafing and lamenting, you can bet their queen is dead" (287).
Definition: a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.
Synonyms: sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, woe, desolation, melancholia, dejection, depression, despondency, cafard, gloom, gloominess, misery
Example:
Chapter 14
Complete a Reader's Response Journal entry for today. (LAST ONE!)

13) Who comes to the door at 2:00 P.M.? How did T. Ray find Lily?

14) Why is it a shock to T. Ray to see the pin on her shoulder?

15) What does Lily suddenly understand when T. Ray realizes that he is in the house where Deborah was?

16) On page 264, Lily “heard the bitter tone” in her own voice and realized that she could “slip off into a cold place where meanness took over.” How does that parallel her realization about T. Ray?

17) How does Lily bring T. Ray back and make him see only her?

18) Why does Lily feel that T. Ray has said “everything” when he says, “You look like her?” (296).

19) How does Lily’s interpretation of Queenie’s expression provide comic relief at this tense moment?

20) What does August say about what to do when you need something? How does she act on her words with T. Ray?

21) Lily asks her father once more about her mother’s death. Do you think T. Ray is telling the truth?

22) Lily believes in the “goodness of imagination” (300). What is she imagining?

23) Who becomes Lily’s first girl friend?

24) What is high school like for Lily?

25) Where does August say Mary goes when she rises?

26) Who are the moons shining over Lily?

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August 12, 2014
Review Game
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August 13, 2014
Last Journal Entry!
Pretend you are one of the characters. It is 10 years from the end of the novel. Write a letter to another character in the books about what you've been doing with your life. For example, does Lily ever see her father again? Do Lily and Zach end up dating? Does she go to college?
August 14, 2014
Film Viewing
Complete the film guide as you view the movie,
The Secret Life of Bees.
Fill out the Book Review for
The Secret Life of Bees.
Final Exam Day!
Please turn in your Journals and Reader's Response Journals.
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