Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for Bridge to Terabithia

Use Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson to turn your read aloud or small group work into a time to improve comprehension and talk about the text in purposeful ways.

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.

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Title: Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Paterson
Genre: Fantasy
Themes: Relationship Skills, Self Awareness, Family, Self Management, Social Awareness, Friendship, Award Winners, Adventure, Decision Making
ISBN: 9780061975165
Publisher's Summary:
Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief.
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