Teacher Guide

The Secret Life of Bees Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will be able to analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important themes in The Secret Life of Bees.

  2. 2

    Students will be able to engage with the themes of motherhood, dependence, bees as models for humans, adversity and coping, the power of shared emotions, race, and the power of knowledge in the novel.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to verbally express and write analytical and creative responses to The Secret Life of Bees.

  4. 4

    Students will be able to examine the ways in which characters view one another and how they analyze...

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