The Bean Trees Fun Activities

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Article / Web research

In the novel, Taylor suspects that Turtle has been the victim of child abuse. Later in the novel, Turtle is actually attacked. Find an article or website that deals with child abuse. Present the article or website to the class, stating its relevance to the novel.

Gardening Activity

Gardening was a big part of Mattie's life. Together in class, the students and the instructor will plant a garden and watch it grow throughout the term.

Research Activity

The adoption process is mentioned toward the end of the novel. The authorities in the novel did not require any proof of identification or a birth certificate. This is not the usual process that one must go through before adopting. The students will research in a computer lab or the school library their state's adoption process.


The students will have the option of writing a poem or...

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