Textual Evidence-Based Novel Study for Touching Spirit Bear (BUNDLED!)

Grade Levels
Product Rating
File Type
Compressed Zip File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
How to unzip files.
74.79 MB   |   27 pages


This interactive booklet is a collection of learning tools that are recursive, meaning that students will come back to them again and again to record and demonstrate new learning. There are 27 pages in the student booklet with a heavy emphasis on justifying answers with textual evidence. All pages in the booklet contribute to the three included essay topics by tracing Cole’s dynamic transformation, documenting his internal and external conflicts and exploring the author’s use of symbols through analysis. This booklet also provides opportunities for rich visual interpretations of the text by creating Cole’s symbolic totem pole, illustrating the steps of the “Dance of Anger,” and through various project options. All student learning tools are offered in PDF. Teacher Answer Keys are in Word format but there are two excel sheets that I use to help manage the large number of symbolic and internal/external conflict quotes available to you. There are also a few PowerPoints that I throw in as a bonus to you!

There is something amazing about giving students the ability to track their learning both aesthetically and efferently and you will find students are extremely proud of the work they have achieved! Please feel free to contact me with any questions as I am always happy to help!

Standards covered in this Novel Study:
RL 1, 2, 3, and 10
W 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, and 2f, 4, 9a, 10,
L1, 6

Itemized list of all included documents (45 in all!):
• Character Map Student Visualization Task (w/ Student Example)
• Settings in TSB Student Visualization Task (w/ 2 Student Examples + Video Links)
• "Cole’s Transformation" Grid (w/ 20 Answer Examples)
• "Cole’s Personality Transformation" Written Essay Template (w/ Teacher Example)
• "Cole is Angry" Textual Evidence Grid (w/ 20 Text Examples)
• Student Lecture Notes on Internal and External Conflict
• Internal/External Conflict Pizza Chart (w/ 45 Textual Examples & Interpretation)
• Conflict Essay Template and Instructions (and Teacher Lesson PPT)
• Cake Analogy Personal Reflection
Cole Matthew's Injuries - Chapter 8 Activity Visualization and Quote-Collecting Task (a $2 value from my shop!) (w/bonus Answer Key - which is not included in my $2 version!)
• Baby Sparrows Venn Diagram (w/Answer Key)
• Baby Sparrows Written Comparison/Analysis Template
• Reoccurring Symbol Chart (w/Answer Key)
• Written Symbol Analysis Template and One-Pager (w/Answer Key)
• "Old and New Cole" Behavior Log (w/Answer Key)
• “I Walk the Line” Scene and Symbol Analysis
• Hotdog and Anger Stick Symbol Analysis (w/Answer Key)
• Cole’s Totem Pole Symbol Collection and Visualization Task (w/Answer Key, Art Example and PPT with Totem Pole photos)
• Anger Dance Textual Evidence Visualization Task (w/Answer Key and Art Example)
• Analyzing and Summarizing Theme Template
Cole’s Conflicts Character T-Shirt Project (a $2 value from my shop!) (w/ Student Example)
• Cole’s Transformation Poster Project (a $2 value from my shop!) (w/ 2 Student Examples)
• 3 Options for Final Essays + Instructions:
✎ Option 1) Cole’s Transformation through Internal and External Conflicts
a) Grading Sheet included
✎ Option 2) Symbolism Essay
a) Handout: Thesis Statements and Interesting Essay Leads Handout
b) Handout: Enhancing Body Paragraphs w/ Transitions; Varying Intro sentences
✎ Option 3) Argument Essay
a) Essay Revision Checklist (for all three essays)

Other (clickable!) items in my shop you may be interested in:
Touching Spirit Bear Symbolic Quote List (of 145 quotes/interpretations!): This product is GREAT for use with my “Symbol Analysis Template” as well as my “Symbol Essay” included in this bundle!

Circle Justice Mock Trial where students debate (as characters from the book) whether Cole should be sent to an island or whether a harsher punishment is needed. It's loads of fun and kids do a lot of prep work using textual evidence as their guide!
Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Month

Average Ratings

Overall Quality:
12 ratings
Please log in to post a question.
Digital Download
List Price: $13.00
You Save: $4.50
User Rating: 3.9/4.0
Digital Download
List Price: $13.00
You Save: $4.50
Textual Evidence-Based Novel Study for Touching Spirit Bea
Textual Evidence-Based Novel Study for Touching Spirit Bea
Textual Evidence-Based Novel Study for Touching Spirit Bea
Textual Evidence-Based Novel Study for Touching Spirit Bea
Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Sign up