Jess Aarons wanted to become the fastest runner in the fifth grade, and to achieve this goal, Jess practices all summer. But when Leslie Burke shows up in school, Jess discovers he is only the second fastest runner. In spite of this, Leslie and Jess become close friends. Together they create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia where Leslie is queen and Jess learns to be king. Together Leslie and Jess explore the limits of their imaginary kingdom. Then one day, while Jess is away, Leslie dies in a tragic accident.
Now, without Leslie, he must go out into the world for both of them, realizing what he has learned from her about facing his fears.
Through Katherine Paterson's touching book, students will learn:
About the Author: Learn about Katherine Paterson.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, characterization, foreshadow, similes, dictionary, metaphor, irony, antonym.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Family, choices, fear, comfort, peer pressure, revenge, church, Jesus, death and grief, building bridges between people.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Research 1960s-70s, writing, music, mapping, reading, wordsearch, field trip, eulogy, elegy poetry, art.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
Printed Workbook Format