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Bridge to Terabithia 5th Grade Unit

Bridge to Terabithia
Genre
Realistic Fiction
Concepts Taught
Cause and Effect, Character, Genre, Plot, Predicting, Theme

Lessons

Genre Lesson Realistic Fiction Identify the realistic elements of realistic fiction by making personal connections.
Lesson 1 Predicting Events in Realistic Fiction Make a prediction about what will happen in a work of realistic fiction using text evidence and prior knowledge.
Lesson 2 Identifying Plot Conflicts Identify two plot conflicts in the text (Character vs. Character and Character vs. Self).
Lesson 3 Analyzing Relationships Analyze character relationships.
Textual Analysis Lesson Boys vs. Girls: It’s Not Just in Your Head Use the Textual Analysis process to answer comprehension questions about a text.
Lesson 4 Theme Matters Use recurring events in order to identify and examine a theme in a work of realistic fiction.
Lesson 5 Character and Relationship Changes Explain what drives a change in characters and their relationships.

Build Background Knowledge

Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to the hippies of the 1960s and 1970s. The setting of the book is in Virginia in the 1970s. Jess’s mom describes his new teacher as "kinda hippie." She wears jeans to school and has long hair. Share a picture of hippies of the late 1960s. Explain that hippies considered themselves rebels. They did not want to live traditional lives, but wanted to celebrate individuality. They were also idealists. Idealism is a vision of the world as a perfect, peaceful place. Many protested the Vietnam War, while others set up "communes" or sharing communities in the countryside, where they thought they could escape the less then ideal parts of the world. Ask your students if they think Leslie's parents are hippies, based on your description.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for Bridge to Terabithia

Day 1

Begin Genre Lesson (through Guided Practice)

Read Chapters 1-3 of Bridge to Terabithia

Day 2

Finish Genre Lesson

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-3

Day 3

Begin Lesson 1

Day 4

Lesson 1 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 1 in the Student Packet

Bring in a photo of a friend or family member for Lesson 2 (Day 7)

Day 5

Begin Reading Chapters 4-6

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 4-6

Day 6

Finish Reading Chapters 4-6

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 4-6

Day 7

Begin Lesson 2

Day 8

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 2 in the Student Packet

Day 9

Begin Reading Chapters 7-9

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 7-9

Day 10

Finish Reading Chapters 7-9

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 7-9

Day 11

Begin Lesson 3

Day 12

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3 in the Student Packet

Day 13

Textual Analysis Lesson

Day 14

Begin Reading Chapters 10-12

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 10-12

Day 15

Finish Reading Chapters 10-12

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 10-12

Day 16

Begin Lesson 4

Day 17

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

Day 18

Reading Chapter 13

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapter 13

Day 19

Begin Lesson 5

Day 20

Lesson 5 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 5 in the Student Packet

Day 21

Review for the Unit Assessment

Day 22

Unit Assessment

User Comments

Thanks so much for this ! I am a student teacher and they just gave this website to use as a resource to help us transition to CCSS in 5th grade so thanks so much for this unit. It has depth and will be useful!
Lesson one plan is not showing up for me. Is there a plan that goes with this lesson? Btw, love these units!
So sorry for the difficulties, but can you please clarify what you mean by not showing up? What do you see when you view the lesson here? www.readworks.org/lessons/grade5/bridge-terabithia/lesson-1
Yes I have found that literature circles at certain point generate interest and promote student discussion. I do a read aloud when I want to pick a particular phrasing for literacy devices.
You saved my life! Great novel study!!!

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