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Today: 8/29/16
8:00 AM Professional Development Day for all Teachers from 8 am – 2 pm.



The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver or

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

You may choose from these two novels.

One text is the required summer reading for Accelerated English 3-4.

A 45-minute timed writing exam will be given on the novel two weeks after we return in September.

These novels are available in the bookroom and are on reserve at Barnes and Noble’s Towne Center location.

Assignment:15 typed quotes and responses are required from the text to illustrate your understanding of one specific theme. Remember that the theme is the work’s message about a subject addressed in the literature, and that theme is always stated in the form of a sentence. Some possible subjects to use as starting points might include the following:

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver: prejudice, violence, family, the plight of illegal immigrants, the environment, womanhood, motherhood, rebirth or redemption.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: gender, family, respect and reputation, fear, religion, traditions and customs, sin, fate and free will, fear.

You must respond to these quotes in the following manner:

  • Include page number of where you found the quote
  • All analyzed quotes must be marked with a post-it “flag” placed directly next to it in the text.
  • Paraphrase what the quote is saying in your own words.
  • Who is speaking?
  • Who is being spoken to?
  • What is being spoken about?
  • The context in which the quote was spoken (what was happening at the time the quote was said)

Be sure to choose meaningful quotes from the text and copy the entire quote in quotation marks.


  1. What does this quote infer?
  2. Explain why the specific quote relates to the chosen theme (in detail).

All work must be word-processed using 12 point font and double-spacing and is due on the day of the timed writing exam.

p. 19 “That was when I began to hate them, and my hatred remains our only link them today They were our first oppressors. They were the first faces of hell and death. ”

Response Elie is speaking about his 1st experience in the ghettos of his country Hungary. He says the Hungarian Police were the first to treat him and other Jews like worthless animals, and his hatred for them is their only connection today. He makes this statement as the Jews are being forced into the ghettos. It can be inferred that this caused a fundamental change in him. This statement relates to the theme because this former boy of God lives with hatred in his heart and has been forever changed by his experience.

*Note: This should be YOUR OWN WORK…do NOT use gradesaver, shmoop or any other website for quotes and/or analysis. That would be CHEATING.

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