There's a whole invisible system for helping out the plant you'd never guess was there...It's just the same as with people.
Reading Schedule
By Friday, March 4th, have read through the end of Chapter 2.
By Friday, March 11th, have read through the end of Chapter 5.
By Wednesday, March 23rd, have read through the end of Chapter 7.
By Tuesday, March 29th, have read through the end of Chapter 9.
By Friday, April 1st, have read through the end of Chapter 11.
By Friday, April 8th, have read through the end of Chapter 14.
By Friday, April 15th, have finished the book.

Class Handouts for the Novel: Research Project--Handouts and Internet Resources...

NOTE: I do not necessarily endorse or agree with the views expressed in any of the sites listed below! If a site appears here, it's because it either has information that may be of use, or a point of view to agree or disagree with.

ANOTHER NOTE: I expect you to do your own Internet research. Use Google, Yahoo, AltaVista, and other search engines and web directories. Use Encarta and other online encyclopedias. Use GaleNet (see below) for controversial social issues like child abuse and adoption. Use your own mind, curiosity, and research skills. Do not depend only on these sites; it's just a selection of sites on the topic I found browsing around.

Cherokee Nation: Native American Indians: Guatemalan Civil War and the Sanctuary Movement: Teen Pregnancy: Child Abuse: Equality of Women: Child Abandonment and Adoption:
Abandoned babies suffer in different conditions and orphanages around the world. These resources all refer to the situation in the United States, since it's closer to the situation in The Bean Trees. You can include other countries in your research and presentation.

Internet Links Related to The Bean Trees:

Information About the Author
When she was pregnant with her first child, and having a case of insomnia, her doctor suggested she clean the tiles of her bathroom to pass the night hours. Instead, she sat in a closet and finally wrote the novel she'd been thinking about writing. She was Barbara Kingsolver, and that novel was The Bean Trees. Information About the Novel:
"Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer."
Barbara Kingsolver

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