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About Reading Across RI
Reading Across Rhode Island: One Book, One State, Many Successful Readers
by Anne Arvidson & Pamela Blanco from the English Journal, May 2004

Last Year's Author and Book resources
Sue Monk Kidd.com
Review of The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd: A Biographical Sketch
Reading Group Guide: The Secret Life of Bees ~Disucssion questions, author interview
Mobile, Alabama chose Secret Life of Bees for its 2003 Book
More Discussion Questions

Lesson Plans and materials
LARK KIT Theme 1: The Secret Life of Bees ~ Family Literacy PACT Lesson using the book
LARK KIT Theme 2: Civil Rights and African-American Identity
A summary of the book in English

A summary of the book in French
A summary of the book in Spanish
'Using "The Secret Life of Bees" in a Family Literacy Program' Handout List for Literacy Workshop Jan 17, 2003 CCRI

Booklists
If you want to read more fiction like The Secret Life of Bees check out these titles...
A List of Nonfiction Titles about Bees, Beekeeping and Honey available at the Providence Public Library
Children's Books, Songs, Poems about Bees
Civil Rights Movement from the Providence Public Library
Civil Rights: Martin Luther King Jr. and other Biographies from the Providence Public Library
Black History and Civil Rights: books, cds, and videos

Black History/Civil Rights Links
http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/reference/brainpop/movie?id=civilrights
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc3/yahooligans/civil_rights
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/
http://www.cr.nps.gov/aahistory/
http://www.blackgospel.com

Bee Web Resources
RI Beekeepers Association
NOVA: Tales from the Hive In this NOVA program, our cinematographer literally filmed inside a hive and followed bees in flight to capture closeups of honeybee behavior.
Beehive Products Everything for the Bee lover
Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping
On Food: How sweet it is: The secret life of honey from the Seattle Post
suebeehoney.com Includes “Bee a Kid”, a section dedicated to kids of all ages where one can play games or find a recipe.
B-EYE The Australian National University’s Centre for Visual Science lets you see the world through the eyes of a honey bee.
Golden Blosson Honey Pictures of bees and beehives and a collection of amazing honey facts.
honey.com Includes bee facts, honey games, history and trivia and a section for teachers.
Africanized Honey Bees on the Move Lesson Plans Lesson plans for grades K to 12 designed to familiarize students with honey bees and bee safety issues through a variety of interesting activities.
Insecta Inspecta World: Honey Bees Good graphics with facts, trivia and activities about insects.
The Bumblebee Pages Site dedicated to promoting more knowledge about bumblebees, including ways to help them.

Electronic Resources available for teachers, students, and discussion leaders
NoveList - Access from home, with your CLAN Library card, issued from the Providence Public Library and some other RI public libraries who subscribe to this service. Enter the 14 digit barcode number (no spaces or hyphens).
InfoTrac OneFile - Access from home, with your CLAN Library card, issued from your RI public library, enter the 14 digit barcode number (no spaces or hyphens).

Program Ideas and Resources
Fantasy Works Youth Theater Inc. – ReActor-Stories on Stage
Contact: , Director of Education, 401-826-4807

Teen theater group who will perform children’s stories for young audiences dealing with themes explored in The Secret Life of Bees
Available for 10:30AM or 2PM performances only during school vacation week, April 12 through 16
Performances are FREE

Beekeeper
Contact: Jim Lawson – Apiary Inspector, Senior Plant Pathologist, Division of Agriculture & Resource Marketing, RI – DEM; 401-222-2781 x4519
Jim will present an interesting overview of beekeeping in Rhode Island and its importance to agriculture. He will bring an observation hive, an extractor, and honeycomb. Talks are suitable for all ages.
Workshops are FREE

Black White Relationships – As Whites Might Like Them
Contact: , History Teacher, Ponagansett High School
This provocative workshop, presented first at the RARI Literacy Conference, investigates how The Secret Life of Bees helps to perpetuate a vision of the “magic negro” in the media, such as Driving Miss Daisy, Song of the South, and Freaky Friday. Mr. Reuker’s basic idea is that the viewer/reader should identify the “magic negro” and its problems without throwing out the message of healing and redemption.
Small honorarium requested.

Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS)
Contact: Valerie Tutson, 401-273-4013
RIBS provides workshops in storytelling, writing and related arts for children and adults.
Fee negotiable.

EnRICHment Opportunities
Contact: , 401-273-2250
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ speakers bureau brings humanities presentations to public audiences throughout RI. Many of their offerings, including “Philosophical Thoughts on Modern Friendship”, “Remembering and Forgetting: Portraits of Two African American Centenarians” and “The Stone Walls of South County” would fit into themes found in The Secret Lives of Bees.
Fee $75. for non-profit organizations

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