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Focus Statement: Discovering and building bridges in reading. Big Questions: 1. Can you imagine like the author? 2. How do you analyze characters in a story? 3. Do you have artistry in you? 4. Can you discover the elements of plot? 5. What kind of family do you have? 6. What does the author have to say in this book? 7. How do we cope with tragedy?

Lesson 1: Students will discover what is is like to use their imagination to create story like the characters in the story.

Multi-Genre Materials:


Lesson 2: Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze characters using aspects of “showing” not “telling.” Lesson 3: Students will learn how to use art when reading and exhibit personal style. They will compare their artwork to themes of the book. Lesson 4: Students will become acquainted with the five elements of plot where they will discuss the inter workings of the events in the story. Lesson 5: Students will concentrate discussion on their own family as well as the two families in the book.

Lesson 6: Students will be able to identify themes and articulate examples. Lesson 7: Students will have a conversation on tragedy and coping.

Focus Novel: Katherine Paterson (1977). Bridge to Terabithia. New York, NY: HarperCollins. This is a story about friendship, family living on in spite of tragedy.

Hinton, S.E. (1995). The outsiders. New York, NY: Penguin, Putnam. Lewis, C.S. (1950). The Chronicles of narnia. HarperCollins. Monet, C. (n.d) Monet images. Retrieved April 29, 2008, from Paterson, K. (1978) The great gilly hopkins. HarperCollins. Spaar, J.(1999). Thanks for being my friend. Kansas City, MO: McMeel Publishing. Silverstein, S. (1986). The giving tree. New York, NY: Harper Collins. Staton, A. (2000). Finding Nemo [DVD]. United States: Walt Disney & Pixar.

Bridge to Terabithia - Unit Overview  
Bridge to Terabithia - Unit Overview