1. In what ways do our experiences inform our identity?
2. How can we understand the relationship between the individual and society?
3. To whom do we have a responsibility: our parents; society; or ourselves?
4. How do our relationships with others affect our identity?
What you should be able to do as a result of this unit:
- Demonstrate an exceptional ability to annotate by utilizing all types of margin notes
- Articulate an understanding of the text as a whole, using examples from the text to support your understanding
- Identify and support ideas about “symbolism” and “theme”
- Discuss and support ideas about a character’s change
- Literary analysis essay
*Catcher essay due
Reading Independent Books
Turning in assignment and Writing Center conference form
Reflecting on the Catcher Assignment
“Blackberry-Picking” by Seamus Haney
Multiple readings of the poems
- First read – “I see”
- Second read – “Lumping”
Questions for discussion
- How does Heaney describe the blackberries?
- What are the different stages?
- What movement is there in the poem?
- What might Heaney be saying?
Pre-writing our own fruit poems
Writing the fruit poem
- Working with diction, figurative language, sound devices and structure
Writing the poem reflection
Intro to The Secret Life of Bees
Reading to break on page 16
- Identify a quote that reveals insight for characters of Lily, T. Ray, and Deborah
- Identify a quote that reveals insight for the bees
Working with quotes and initial understanding
In-class reading of rest of chapter 1
Turn to a neighbor and share 2 of your annotations from the rest of chapter 1
- If there’s a quote or detail you’d like to add to yours, add it
Read the epigraph on the handout with your table and discuss what significance you believe the quote has
- When starting a new chapter, read the epigraph first for literal meaning. After you finish reading the chapter, go back and think about its symbolic moment.
Read chapter 2 and annotate on the handout – finish whatever is left over the weekend
Finish the handout from Friday
- Paragraph about what stood out to you from the reading
Reading independent books
- Tweet about your book on google classroom
Chapter 3 – The Secret Life of Bees
- Writing about the first part
HW: Finish handout and reading Chapter 3
- Reading in groups and answering the reading questions
HW: Finish answering questions for Chapter 4
Reading Chapter 5
- Intro to August and your thoughts about her
Drop – Enjoy the break!
Happy New Year!
Summarizing chapters 1-5
Finishing Chapter 5
HW: Chapter 6 annotations
Reading and annotating chapters 7 & 8
- You and your group are going to read chapters 7 & 8 together. Use this time to discuss your annotations and answer the question:
- How has Lily begun to change based on her experiences at the Boatwright house?
- Use the large paper to show that change. Include 3 quotes with corresponding annotations from chapters 5, 6, and 7 that provide insight to this change.
HW: Read chapter 7 to bottom of 123
Continue group work from yesterday.
- Pick up reading with group
Reading Chapter 8 together and continuing to identify moments of insight/change for Lily
HW: Finish Chapter 8
Reviewing the change of Lily since being at the Boatwright’s
HW: Read and annotate Ch 9 – pg. 179
HW: Finish reading Ch 9
Reviewing annotations for rest of Chapter 9
Reading Chapter 10 together (first few pages) before annotating for:
- Mother (figures/daughter relationships)
- Metaphor of Bees
HW: Read the rest of chapter 10
Choosing annotations from Chapter 10
What is a theme in the passage? Choose ONE of the following quotations and analyze how the author uses literary elements such as metaphor, imagery, motif, and/or symbolism to effectively develop that theme? (Please indicate which quotation you are responding to by indicating the letter.)
- August closed her eyes, used her fingers to smooth out the skin on her forehead. I saw a shiny film across her eyes–the beginning of tears. Looking at her eyes, I could see a fire inside them. It was a hearth fire you could depend on, you could draw up to and get warm by if you were cold, or cook something on that would feed the emptiness in you. I felt like we were all adrift in the world, and all we had was the wet fire in August’s eyes. But it was enough. (181)
HW: Read and annotate chapter 11
Reviewing Chapter 11
Reading Chapter 12 together
HW: Finish chapter 12
Preparing for the exam
Short story with 2 RTLs on character development and theme using literary devices
Second Semester starts
Reading Chapter 13
Finishing the novel
HW: Finish reading and annotating
Reviewing the end with annotations and response
HW: Preparing for Socratic Seminar
HW: Respond to two questions for reflection on the socratic seminar
HW: Reading essay assignment and submitting working thesis
HW: Evidence for body 1
Opening short story lit essay and re-reading feedback. After reading, reflect on what you need to work on with this lit essay on the doc on google classroom.
Then, include your thesis and draft your first body paragraph for The Secret Life of Bees essay
HW: finish drafting
Outlining body 2 & 3
HW: finish the outlining for bodies 2 & 3
Outlining Body 4
HW: Outlining Introduction
Revising body 1 and using feedback in drafting
Using semi-colons and creating a title
Book choices for next unit