Day 1

The Bean Trees Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Lou Ann's Point of View

    Kind of Activity:

    Creative Writing


    Students will think about perspective and write a diary entry from Lou Ann's point of view.

    Common Core Standards:



    While most of the novel is told in Taylor's first-person voice, several chapters, including Chapter 2, which introduces Lou Ann, are written in third person.

    As a class, discuss why Kingsolver might have decided to write Lou Ann this way. Why doesn't she speak in a first-person voice like Taylor? What effect does this have on our understanding of her character?

    Ask students to imagine the events of Lou Ann's chapter were written in the...

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