Literature Study: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – Wednesday – Fall 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 7
Wednesday, September 13 2023 @ 9:00AM – Wednesday, December 13 2023 @ 10:30AM EDT
Grade/Level:5 – 7
Day of Week:Wednesday
Class Times:9:00AM – 10:30AM (ET)
Bridge to Terabithia is a classic story that teaches about friendship, love, and loss. This amazing story by Katherine Paterson won the 1978 Newbery Medal for children’s literature. It focuses on the sweet friendship of a tween boy and girl, who share imaginative play, creating a world of their own just a rope swing away, far from the school bullies they face.
Together, we will emphasize theme, symbolism, social issues, historical context, and inferences about what might come next in the story as well as predicating activities. Some of our conversations might cover bullying, the differences between Leslie and Jess’s families and the importance of creativity and make believe.
What is a literature circle?
In literature circles, small groups of students gather to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ responses to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author’s craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response.
NOTE: This class must reach the minimum of five students by August 20th to run. If we do not reach this minimum, parents will be notified via email.
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