Per 6 Secret Life of Bees

Essential Questions:
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

Final Assignment

  • Literary analysis essay

Tues 12/4
*Catcher essay due

Reading Independent Books

Turning in assignment and Writing Center conference form
Writing reflection

Wed 12/5
Reflecting on the Catcher Assignment

Thurs 12/6
“Blackberry-Picking” by Seamus Haney

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Personification
  • Symbolism
  • Diction
  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Consonance
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Rhyme

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?

Fri 12/7
Pre-writing our own fruit poems

Mon 12/10
Writing the fruit poem

  • Working with diction, figurative language, sound devices and structure

Tues 12/11

Wed 12/12
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

Wed 12/12
Working with quotes and initial understanding

In-class reading of rest of chapter 1

HW:  Chapter 2

Thurs 12/13

Fri 12/14