In this packet, you have access to four open-ended response prompts for the novel Bridge to Terabithia as well as full paragraph exemplars (keys). Two of the prompts ask the students to write about symbolism; a third asks the students to explain a character’s behavior; another asks the students to explain why Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Bridge over Troubled Water” would be a good theme song for Bridge to Terabithia. For the latter, this requires the teacher to share the song lyrics and the song with the students—l included the lyrics in this packet. More than likely, there will be a few “eye rolls,” but mostly, the students enjoy the writing prelesson.The teacher can use the exemplars in a deconstruction exercise so that students are aware of what is expected in a response. Or the teacher can use the exemplars provided to determine what he or she expects from a student response.
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