Teacher Guide

The Poisonwood Bible Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

While the Poisonwood Bible does not directly relate to her other titles, Barbara Kingsolver explores social justice and political themes in all of her work. The Bean Trees, Holding the Line, Homeland and Other Stories, and Another America/Otra America explore topics concerning the treatment of Native Americans, poor people, and women, as well as immigration and race.

The Poisonwood Bible is well-suited for a unit about imperialism. Beginning the unit by reading Rudyard Kipling's "The White Man's Burden" could allow teachers to set the historical context for the colonization of Africa. Other titles to consider for a unit about imperialism include Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, a...

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