Bridge to Terabithia Book Club Focused on Story Elements

Bridge to Terabithia Book Club Focused on Story Elements

This Newbery Medal-winning novel tells the story of two unlikely friends; Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke. The pair becomes inseparable and turns Jess’s love of drawing and Leslie’s imagination into Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods. When the unthinkable happens, Jess will need all of the gifts Leslie has given him to handle his grief. A modern classic about friendship and loss, this novel is an ideal anchor text for a Book Club focused on character analysis. Readers will quickly connect to Jess and Leslie’s friendship and the great impact her loss has on Jess’s character.

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  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 6 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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This Newbery Medal-winning novel tells the story of two unlikely friends; Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke. The pair becomes inseparable and turns Jess’s love of drawing and Leslie’s imagination into Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods. When the unthinkable happens, Jess will need all of the gifts Leslie has given him to handle his grief. A modern classic about friendship and loss, this novel is an ideal anchor text for a Book Club focused on character analysis. Readers will quickly connect to Jess and Leslie’s friendship and the great impact her loss has on Jess’s character.

Read the book of Bridge to Terabithia on Epic here.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 6 book club meetings focused on Story Elements
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club resources

The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for characterization, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Bridge to Terabithia Book Club.

Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is perfect for a Book Club focused on characterization. Discussion in this opening meeting focuses on how the author develops each character and how to cite the text.

In Bridge to Terabithia, author Katherine Paterson included two main characters; Jess and Leslie. Students will continue their work from the first meeting; noting the character development of Leslie.

This Bridge to Terabithia Book Club focuses on identifying character traits from the information the students have been gathering on their Character Analysis Charts for Jess and Leslie.

While reading Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, students will notice the main character changes throughout the novel. Students will discover that characters often change when they face difficulty, develop relationships, or discover something new about themselves.

Author Katherine Paterson uses dialogue in Bridge to Terabithia to develop her characters. Drawing student attention to conversations between Jess and Leslie is one way for them to learn important differences between the characters.

For this final Book Club meeting for Bridge to Terabithia, students will use a Venn Diagram to organize their thoughts about the similarities and differences of Jess and Leslie. This information will then be used to write a summary statement that demonstrates their learning about characters.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with character description.
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Book Title:
Bridge to Terabithia
Book Author:
Katherine Paterson
Grade Level:
5
Genre(s):
Fantasy
F&P Guided Reading Level:
T
DRA Level:
40
Reading Recovery Level:
40
Theme(s):
Adventure, Award Winners, Family, Friendship, Decision Making, Relationship Skills, Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness
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Common Core Alignment: RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6, RL.5.7, RL.5.9, RL.5.10, RF.5.3, RF.5.4, SL.5.1a, SL.5.1b, SL.5.1c, W.5.8, W.5.9, L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
Vocabulary Connections: L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
TEKS Alignment: 5.1C, 5.1A, 5.1D, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.6C, 5.6D, 5.6E, 5.6F, 5.6G, 5.6H, 5.6I, 5.7A, 5.7B, 5.7C, 5.7D, 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.7G, 5.8A, 5.8B, 5.8C, 5.8D, 5.9A, 5.9B, 5.9D(i), 5.9D(ii), 5.9D(iii), 5.9E(i), 5.9E(ii), 5.9E(iii), 5.9F, 5.10A, 5.10B, 5.10C, 5.10D, 5.10E, 5.10F, 5.10G, 5.13A, 5.13C, 5.13E, 5.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.3A, 5.3B
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