Touching Spirit Bear: The Literary Mandala

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Even someone with a dark side can make a good decision—and vice versa. Readers explore Cole's traits and decisions in Ben Mikaelson's Touching Spirit Bear and analyze his sunside and shadowside. They identify a symbol that best represents each side of his character and complete an illustrative mandala with evidence of their characterization.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners complete a similar organizer for themselves regarding a conflict they once experienced or are currently experiencing
  • Use the activity to teach youngsters how literary elements contribute to a theme
  • Consider having your classes work in pairs or small groups for the activity 
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider having your classes work in pairs or small groups for the activity 
Pros

  • Activity lends itself to a discussion about human nature
  • The organizer prompts learners to search for textual evidence and make complex inferences
  • Activity directly allows for pupils to make connections from the text from their own experiences 
Cons

  • Mandala is misspelled in the title
Common Core