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Bridge to Terabithia - Study Guide

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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.

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: Some language.

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!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s 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 student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!

  CD Format

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  • Our Interactive Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Readerprogram. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
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  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole guide at once
    • Print single lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire guide for classroom sets
  • Easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key file included for the teacher!
Recommended Grade Level:
6-8
Setting:
Washington, D.C. area, USA, 1970s
Workbook ISBN:
978-1-58609-332-7
CD ISBN:
978-1-58609-574-1
Study Guide Author:
Rebecca Gilleland
For the Book By:
Katherine Paterson
Study Guide Page Count:
51 pages