Bridge to Terabithia: Predicting Events in Realistic Fiction

What happens next? Young readers examine the details in a passage from Bridge to Terabithia and use these specifics to craft predictions about what will happen next to Jesse and Leslie in Paterson's fantasy.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals identify the tone of the passage by highlighting the words that they feel set the tone. Instruct readers to change these words so that a different tone is created and ask them how the change affects their prediction
  • Provide groups with additional passages and have them develop predictions independently before they share their predictions and their rationale
Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed to accompany a reading of Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia, the approach is appropriate for any story
  • Requires individual copies of the worksheets and of Paterson's novel
Pros

  • Includes modeling, guided practice, independent practice exercises as well as a vocabulary building exercise
Cons

  • The instructor identifies how to use the text to make predictions rather than having readers identify the steps they use for crafting predictions
Common Core