Bridge to Terabithia - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 6-8

Setting: Washington D.C., 1970s

Genre: Contemporary, Grief/Loss

Page Count: 45 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7 weeks

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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.

Content Warning: Mild language.

Progeny Press' Bridge to Terabithia English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about the legacy of Katherine Paterson and her literary works.
Vocabulary: Build your vocabulary and improve your comprehension with a variety of engaging exercises.
Literary Techniques: Discover dynamic storytelling with through literary techniques. Examine events in context, how characterization shapes our opinion of people in the book, and the subtle art of foreshadowing. Understand similes and metaphors, how to use a dictionary, identify irony, and play with antonyms.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Focus in on deeper analytical questions about family, choices, facing fear, seeking comfort, dealing with peer pressure, understanding revenge, the role of the church, the message of Jesus, handling death and grief, and building bridges between people.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Expand on your ELA study with addtional activities. Research the 1960s-70s, practice writing, enjoy music, mapping, reading, wordsearches, going on field trips, crafting eulogy, understanding elegy poetry, and express yourself through art.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Continue the adventure with a reading list of more books by Katherine Paterson and discover other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Bridge to Terabithia.

All of Progeny Press' language arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Middle School student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for middle school level student answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the middle school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

 CD Format

  • Contains the complete study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • PDf files open in the FREE Adobe Reader program.
    Note: Mobile devices may require an alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields and interactive features.
  • Upgraded, fillable form fields allow the student the opportunity to complete their work on the computer, saving you printing costs
  • Conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA study guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher to make grading simple!

Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Newbery Medal Winner 1978   •   ALA Notable Children’s Books   •   
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award   •   Janusz Korczak Medal   •   Silver Pencil Award   •   School Library Journal Best Book   •   Le Grand Prix des Jeunes Lecturs (France)   •   Colorado Blue Spruce Award

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