Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a low prep novel study. This Bridge to Terabithia resource includes a wide variety of individual chapter and ongoing reading comprehension activities. The novel provides many opportunities to talk about accepting who you are and not letting others influence your choices, friendships, and coping with loss.
It is also a great mentor text to use for descriptive writing and figurative language. There are many activities from which to choose depending on the reading level of your students.
CCSS 5th grade
Sample Pacing Chart to Organize and Plan Daily Activities
Vocabulary for each chapter
Reading Comprehension Questions (2-5 questions per chapter)
Making Predictions using chapter titles
Figurative language-- locate similes and provide explanations
Form an Opinion about secrets Jess keeps
Parts of a Story
Venn Diagram-- compare Free to Be You and Me lyrics to events in the book (optional)
Narrative Writing about my favorite hobby
Terabithia diagram using text evidence
Letter to Janice re-telling events from the story
Summarizing the gist of the classic stories Leslie shares with Jess
Characterization find supporting quotes
Phases of Grief character growth
Jess's Changes 3-paragraph essay
**Teacher notes, sample, or answer keys provided for all handouts except the vocabulary lists**
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Literature Unit, Novel Study, Reading Groups, Book Study, Newbery