Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide

Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide
Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide
Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide
Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide
Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide
Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide
Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide
Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide
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This novel study guide/student workbook is designed to guide your literary students to becoming literary scholars! It guides students through pre-reading research into the environment and ecology of the islands of southeast Alaska, providing invaluable grounding in the setting of the story. KWL and NWL charts help students understand the hardships facing Cole during his banishment. “The Power of Words” vocabulary charts help scholars gain a mastery of new vocabulary. It is designed to teach young scholars critical thinking skills as they conduct deep analysis of the text.

The depth of knowledge questioning BEGINS at level 3 and takes students to level 4 from the first chapter onwards. Throughout the chapters, your scholars will engage with the characters through “Characters in Profile” pages, complete plot analysis, discuss and determine themes, and connect with the text in meaningful ways.

Objectives: Students will:

1. 8.2: Learn new language and use it when reading and writing;

2. 8.3C: Explain how the values and beliefs of particular characters are affected by historical and cultural settings;

3. 8.6A: Analyze linear plot development to determine if, and how, conflicts are resolved;

4. 8.6B: Analyze how the central characters' qualities influence the theme of a fictional work and resolution of the central conflict;

5. 8.6C: Analyze different forms of point of view, including limited versus omniscient, subjective versus objective;

6. 8.Fig19A: Establish purposes for reading selected texts based upon own or others’ desired outcome to enhance comprehension.

7. 8.Fig19B: Ask literal, interpretive, evaluative, and universal questions of text.

8. 8.Fig19C: Reflect on understanding to monitor comprehension (e.g., summarizing and synthesizing; making textual, personal, and world connections; creating sensory images).

9. 8.Fig19D: Make complex inferences about text and use textual evidence to support understanding.

10. 8.Fig19E: Summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize texts in ways that maintain meaning and logical order within a text and across texts.

The objectives listed correlate to the Texas Essential Knowledge Standards (TEKS) currently in use for the 8th grade (Pre-Fall 2019) and can be adjusted using linear progression for other grade levels.

Teacher Prep Time: Variable depending on school/district resources for printing and binding.

Lesson Duration: Due to this being a novel study, this will vary according to how much time teachers are able to dedicate to reading the novel. If completed as a chapter per day: 25 minutes per day, 30 class periods.

Included in This Product:

Novel Study Guide/Student Work Book containing:

1. Pre-reading research recommendations with KWL/NWL charts

2. Pre-reading and during reading Key Vocabulary charts

3. 24 different chapter “Questions to Consider” sections

4. 9 “Characters in Profile” character analysis sections

5. 1 Creative Writing exercise

6. Plot diagrams for each part of the book

7. Theme discussion webs

8. Doodle art for diverse learners

9. Original copyrighted artwork

10. Sentence stems for differentiation in early sections

Teacher notes for implementation

Please Note: As all questions are open ended, there is no answer key!

Aligned to the Newly Adopted 2017 TEK Standards (in effect Fall 2019): Strand 3, 110.22, 110.23, and 110.24; Strand 6, 110.22, 110.23 and 110.24; Strand 7, 110.22, 110.23, and 110.24, all Strands inclusive. (New Grade 8 correlation: 8.2, B, D, E; 8.3C; 8.6a, B, C; 8.22A, B)

Aligned to CCSS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.9, 8.10; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1B,8.3 (all), 8.4, 8.5, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9

Please note that while our previews, and the PDF, are in color, we have also test printed in black and white, with no loss in usability. So, although color is recommended, if costs for your school or district make this prohibitive, the guide is still fully accessible. Additionally, although we recommend binding the workbook (and using card stock for the cover and last page), this is also not required for success!

This lesson is appropriate for grades 6-9.

ELA in Middle School

Frames used in this product are by Lovin’ Lit and by Mad Clips Factory.

Doodle Art by Carrie Stephens

Cover Art: Original Pen and Ink Sketch of Spirit Bear appearing on the cover and on pages 32, 68 and 79 by Jeanne Balsam used by special permission, all rights reserved by the artist. The artwork cannot be reproduced in any other application. If you would like to view other work by her, please visit


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93 Pages
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