Common Core supplements

Whether you’re interested in the Beekeeper’s Apprentice Common Core syllabus for a class, or would just like to see some background material, we’ve now added a whole lot of materials to the supplemental section–such as a selection of cartoons from Mr Punch Goes to War:

Food shortages

LITTLE GIRL: “Oh, Mummy! They’ve given me a dirty plate.”
MOTHER: “Hush, darling. That’s the soup.”

And a piece on Great War poems:

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge…
There’s an excerpt from Maurice Maeterlinck’s classical treatise on Beekeeping (the one that appears at the head of each chapter of Beekeeper):
And now let us return to the city that is being repeopled, where myriad cradles are incessantly opening, and the solid walls even appear to be moving. But this city still lacks a queen. Seven or eight curious structures arise from the centre of one of the combs, and remind us, scattered as they are over the surface of the ordinary cells, of the circles and protuberances that appear so strange on the photographs of the moon.
Videos of the 12 year-old Great War soldier:
There is also a student packet, for teachers who want to introduce their students to the Twentieth Century through The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.   The idea of a Common Core syllabus is to give students primary source material they can build a research project around.
Or, for people who are just interested in reading them.  It’s all here.


  1. Renee Ripley on February 2, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I keep noticing that the Common Core supplements from August 2015 keep regularly popping up in my inbox.
    I think a few other people have had the same issue.
    Any ideas?

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