So, if you have been following a long for the past month or so you know I have been reading Bridge to Terabithia in my classroom...and my students have thoroughly enjoyed it. It really was a fabulous change of pace and I think the students benefited a great deal from it. Well, we have come to the end of this book journey and, to wrap it all up I had the students create a response to literature that really had them thinking!
I was reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Numeroff to my 3 year old when it hit me that this would be the perfect response to lit for my students. The cause and effect in it really lent itself well to the plot of Terabithia, and the cyclical nature of Mouse could also be applied to our Core Lit. So I brought the story into class and read it to my 5th graders.
We then, after talking about cause and effect and why it was used in literature, made a list of the vocabulary that really pushed the cause and effect along. Here is our list:
Here is where it got tricky. I asked the students to think of an opening line, starting with "If you go to Terabithia...." and that would apply to both the beginning of the story and the end of the story. In keeping with the cyclical pattern Mouse, the event had to hold true throughout. There were lots of great ideas (ie: If you go to Terabithia, you will learn about great friendship) and some not so good (ie: If you go to Terabithia, you will be with Jess and Leslie...since Leslie isn't there at the end of the book, it doesn't hold true)
The students then set off to write a story, in the style of Mouse, that told the major events of Bridge, using the cause and effect words, and coming back to the main sentence at the end. Yeah...hard. But they LOVED it! The kids really got into this assignment and really had a good time. Here are a few examples:
All in all, a fun project that had the students responding to literature in a different way than simply an essay (which we had done plenty of during the reading of the book.) If you would like a copy of the templates, here they are. They are in Power Point, and you can edit them to your liking. Enjoy!