by Eti Berland

Bridge to Terabithia Unit

Bridge to Terabithia Unit

Notes on Bridge to Terabithia Unit

A variety of online, print, and word of mouth resources were used to create this unit. Many wonderful teacher's guides are available online. In particular, some of my lessons were based on ideas from the Bridge to Terabithia Study Guide by McGraw Hill Companies, which I have attached to this section. I have also attached all guided reading questions and vocabulary sheets to this section to use throughout the entire unit. If you find mistakes or have suggestions, please share them at etiberland@gmail.com.

 

Other Resources:

http://lh099.k12.sd.us/canderson/bridge_to_terabithia.htm

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/exploring-friendship-with-bridge-981.html

http://www.nt.net/~torino/bridge.html

http://www.walden.com/site/guide/bridge_to_terabithia/

http://www.learner.org/workshops/isonovel/Pages/Bridgepage.html

 

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Lesson #1

Lesson #1: Pre-Reading Lesson

Lesson #1: Pre-Reading Lesson

Each student can complete their own "Top Ten List" of traits a good friend should have and then discuss and compile a class list.

Discuss the cover art: What facts can we glean about novels from these images?

Discuss bridges (literal: dental bridge, bridge on ship, suspension bridge, bridge on glasses. figurative: bridge the gap, burning your bridges, I'll cross that bridge).

Discuss Terabithia and what the word could mean (Tera = earth, terror, and other student suggestions)

Read the dedication and students can speculate it's dedicated to David Lord Paterson and Lisa Hill. Discuss the meaning of the word 'banzai' (live forever, small tree).


 

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Lesson #2

Lesson #2

Lesson #2: The Elements of a Novel

Discuss the elements of a novel (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution). Use the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to apply these terms.

Hand out the Jack in the Beanstalk Plot Diagram and have students label each element of the plot correctly. (Some answers may vary.) Students will complete the Plot Diagram for Bridge to Terabithia as we read the book.

Discuss Chapter 1 and ask comprehension questions based on the homework and reading.

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Lesson #3

Lesson #3

Lesson #3: Character Webs

Discuss Chapter 2 and discuss the comprehension questions.

Using copies of the character webs/maps, discuss the characters of Leslie and Jess. What makes them similar/different? Continue adding elements as the characters are developed throughout the novel.

Discuss similes and metaphors, which are found throughout the novel and complete the simile and metaphor worksheet. As an extension activity, the students can read Still I Rise by Maya Angelou and record the similes and metaphors. 

In-Class Journal: Running and drawing are both private and important interests to Jess. Write about an activity that you are passionate about that others may or may not know you like. Explain why it is important to you. How do you feel when you are doing it?

 


 

 

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Lesson #4

Lesson #4

Lesson #4: First Day of School Fashion Show

Prepare students for this lesson by telling them to come dressed to class as if it's their first day of school. Take a class picture of the students in their initial poses.

Discuss what it is like to come to a new school.

Discuss fashion trends on the first day of school.

Discuss the school dress code/student dress code.

Ask: Are people treated differently because of the clothes they wear?

How do your clothes show your personality?

Have you ever felt different because of your clothing?

How would you treat Leslie if she came to your class wearing cut-offs?

Would you ridicule, support her choices, or ignore her?

Discuss Chapter 3 and the comprehension questions.

In-Class Journal: Leslie stands out as different than the other kids at Lark Creek Elementary School. She dresses in her own style and pushes the boundaries at recess by joining in the boys’ races. Write a paragraph of advice to Leslie at her new school. Would you encourage her to try to fit in or keep her individuality?


 

 

 

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Lesson #5

Lesson #5

Lesson #5: Film Studies Day

We will watch clips from The Wizard of Oz, The NeverEnding Story, and MirrorMask and complete the attached worksheet while discussing them. The worksheet compares how the films incorporate fantasy and reality. We will discuss how Terabithia is formed and what kind of fantasy world it is, and what elements are in both worlds (giants). I will also emphasize that journeys to fantasy worlds allow characters to 'handle' the real world.

 

 

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Lesson #6

Lesson #6

Lesson #6: Historical Context

Connect the events of Film Studies Day to the rest of the unit.

Share the attached PowerPoint Presentation with the class.


Discuss events in the 60s-70s that contributed to the context of the novel.

Listen to "Free to Be You and Me" by Marlo Thomas and Friends, and discuss the lyrics and their relevance to the plot.

Reassess your Value Structure Assignment:
Take time to think about what you value.
List 5 important things in the first column (1 is the most important).
List 5 important people in the second column.
Together as a class, discuss the five most important values, which may be different according to each person.

Discuss Janice Avery and how to deal with Bullies.

Discuss: The methodology of Janice Avery, the reaction of the victims, the consequences. How do Jess and Leslie feel at the end of the chapter? Are they victorious? How did Janice react?

Create Guide to Dealing with Bullies, using the template.
Tell students to think critically about how you would help someone who is being bullied by Janice Avery.

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Lesson #7

Lesson #7

Lesson #7: The Perfect Gift

Discuss the gifts that Leslie and Jess find for each other and why they are so perfect. What does this say about their characters?

Compare and contrast the Burkes and Aarons and then Leslie and Jess. What makes them different/same from their families and each other?

Update plot diagrams and character webs.

 

 

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Lesson #8

Lesson #8

Lesson #8: Facing Fears

Discuss common fears and why it is normal to be afraid. Discuss what Jesse is afraid of and how the same experience makes Leslie happy. Discuss ways to overcome fears and suggestions for what Jess could do to deal with them. Students can share their experiences and discuss how they overcame fears.

 

 

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Lesson #9

Lesson #9:

Lesson #9: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Begin class with journal discussing students' reactions to Leslie's death.

Explain foreshadowing and use examples from the text (119, 129) to illustrate this method of writing. Complete this worksheet.

Discuss the 5 stages of grief and discuss how Jess experiences each of them.

Play "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and discuss how Leslie acted as the bridge. Allow students to analyze the song and its connections to the text. (Optional: Teach students how to sing the song. Compare and contrast two or more covers of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and pick a favorite.)


 

 

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Lesson #10

Lesson #10

Lesson #10:

Students begin the class by completing Journal 4: A real-life tragedy led Katherine Paterson to write Bridge to Terabithia. Her son David’s best friend, Lisa Hill, was struck by lightening and killed. How does knowing about this tragedy add to your understanding and appreciation of the book? How do you think David felt having the book dedicated to both himself and Lisa Hill? Does the word banzai now have a different meaning for you?

Writing Assignment: My Fantasy World

In order to deal with and escape from the problems in their lives, Jess and Leslie created the kingdom of Terabithia. Within Terabithia, they became king and queen and had many great adventures in their minds.

For this assignment, think about what your fantasy world would be like. However, unlike Jess and Leslie’s magical world, write as if your world is REAL. Would it be a place you could escape to or a place that helps you deal with your problems? Brainstorm using the questions below and afterwards, write 3-4 well-written paragraphs describing your fantasy world based on the questions. Watch out for spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors.

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Lesson #11

Lesson #11

Lesson #11: Bridge to Terabithia Jeopardy

The class can be divided into two groups. Each group has a chance to chose a category and answer the question. If they answer it incorrectly, the other team has a chance to answer it. Through this game, areas that need to be reviewed can be emphasized.

 

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Lesson #12

Lesson #12

Lesson #12: Review and Test

Depending on time, allow for a couple days between the review for the test and the test itself. Both the review and the test are attached to this section.

As a final activity, show the recent film of Bridge to Terabithia and compare and contrast it to the book.

 

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