Bridge to Terabithia Resource Set

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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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Teach with Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

This Book Club Super Pack includes a Common Core aligned lesson plan and set of resources designed to support small group reading instruction.

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson:

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Character Description
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10E  5.10F 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 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
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    Bridge to Terabithia Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    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.
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.10E  5.10F 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 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

    Book Club Management 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.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Character Analysis and Citing Text

    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.

    Meeting #2: Identify the Main Characters in a Story

    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.

    Meeting #3: Identify Character Traits of the Main Characters After Citing the Text

    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.

    Meeting #4: Notice How Characters Interact and Change

    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.

    Meeting #5: How Dialogue Develops Characters

    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.

    Meeting #6: Compare and Contrast 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.

    Bridge to Terabithia Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with character description.

    Bridge to Terabithia Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Bridge to Terabithia and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Bridge to Terabithia Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Bridge to Terabithia. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Bridge to Terabithia Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Bridge to Terabithia, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Bridge to Terabithia Resource Set or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    Bridge to Terabithia Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Bridge to Terabithia Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Bridge to Terabithia Resource Set.

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