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Katherine Paterson

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This is the official homepage of award-winning author Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia. (Newberry 1978). Site includes an annotated booklist, frequently asked questions,...more
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This is the official homepage of award-winning author Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia. (Newberry 1978). Site includes an annotated booklist, frequently asked questions, audio of songs from stage productions of some of her books and links to Amazon.com to purchase titles. Although she is a well-loved and respected author, this site is a bit disappointing - lacking lessons, activities, or other enhancements.

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Lyddie - Lesson Ideas - University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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The J Murray Atkins Library at UNC offers a fine array of online curriculum. This site begins with Reading and Writing questions that teachers can use to guide the ...more
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The J Murray Atkins Library at UNC offers a fine array of online curriculum. This site begins with Reading and Writing questions that teachers can use to guide the study of Katherine Paterson's work. The lessons include vocabulary, spelling, library resources and some great ideas teachers can use to connect the book to other strands in the curriculum. If you need interdisciplinary ideas for the Industrial Revolution, here they are!

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Scroll down the site to find the section on Lyddie and the free activities and resources that accompany it. Take advantage of the free resources, including assessments that are offered at this site.

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Lyddie - Carol Hurst

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Need a way to bring the Industrial Revolution to life? This site created by Carol Hurst, offers lesson plans for Katherine Paterson's historical novel about a young woman caught in...more
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Need a way to bring the Industrial Revolution to life? This site created by Carol Hurst, offers lesson plans for Katherine Paterson's historical novel about a young woman caught in a factory job during the Industrial Revolution. Students are asked to discussion thought provoking questions, explore activities that analyze the main character's personal growth, and research different aspects of the era of Industrial Revolution. There are links Teachers and students will find the links useful to learn more about the 1860's and the Industrial Revolution.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site. The site also recommends other books that are helpful for covering the Industrial Revolution in addition to books actually mentioned within "Lyddie." Use this site if looking for inspiration on ways to make the Industrial Revolution more interesting.

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Katherine Paterson's Lyddie: Travel Within and Beyond - University of Southern Carolina at Sumter

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Associate Professor Laura Zaidman offers a detailed summary and analysis of this story of struggle. It offers students and teachers an interesting look into this work of historical...more
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Associate Professor Laura Zaidman offers a detailed summary and analysis of this story of struggle. It offers students and teachers an interesting look into this work of historical fiction.

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Bridge to Terabithia - Novel STufy Page - Privately Published

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Brian Thorton offers a series of study questions for review or discussion of Katherine Paterson's emotional story of friendship. Teachers need to note that these questions cannot be...more
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Brian Thorton offers a series of study questions for review or discussion of Katherine Paterson's emotional story of friendship. Teachers need to note that these questions cannot be copied without specific consent of the publisher. The guide consist of questions, vocabulary words and an enrichment activity for each chapter of the book. The enrichment activities are well thought out and refer students to other literary works, or to create their own written pieces.

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Bridge to Terabithia - Study Guide - Glencoe

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Here's a well organized PDF reading guide by Glencoe. The lessons are grouped in four chapter reading segments, each group of chapters is divided into three parts: Before You ...more
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Here's a well organized PDF reading guide by Glencoe. The lessons are grouped in four chapter reading segments, each group of chapters is divided into three parts: Before You Read, Active Reading, and Responding. The guides are well thought out and will prompt students to write, create cluster diagrams, and complete comparison charts for the story's characters, plot, and climax. After completing the novel, students are asked to read five extension assignments in various other forms of literature and relate them to the book's central themes. Teachers will be able to use this guide as a 'turn key' approach to teaching this thoughtful novel.

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Katherine Paterson

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This is the official homepage of award-winning author Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia. (Newberry 1978). Site includes an annotated booklist, frequently asked questions,...more
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This is the official homepage of award-winning author Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia. (Newberry 1978). Site includes an annotated booklist, frequently asked questions, audio of songs from stage productions of some of her books and links to Amazon.com to purchase titles. Although she is a well-loved and respected author, this site is a bit disappointing - lacking lessons, activities, or other enhancements.

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The Exquisite Corpse Adventure - Library of Congress, Nat'l Children's Book & Literacy

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You would never guess by the name of this site that The Exquisite Corpse Adventure opens doors to an engaging way to explore the world of reading and writing a ...more
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You would never guess by the name of this site that The Exquisite Corpse Adventure opens doors to an engaging way to explore the world of reading and writing a class or group story, book, or even a poem. This project from the Center for the Book and the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance invites students to read, discover, and create fascinating characters, places, and events in a manner that might be as captivating as one of the many trendy, popular reality shows. The story takes on unexpected twists and turns because it is actually pieced together out of many parts created, put together, and expanded upon by the contributors. Anyone and everyone interested in helping kids read more, write better, and reach deeper into their own experiences, imaginations, and resources to create stories and art will become hooked. The actual original online book, Exquisite Corpse Adventure, is a recently completed, year-long project with episodes, (chapters), written by remarkable authors such as Jon Scieszka and Katherine Paterson, illustrated and posted with companion games, discussion questions, and activities every two weeks.

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Explore new worlds in reading by introducing your students to The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Children of all ages have played progressive story games for centuries, where one person begins a story, stops at a cliffhanging moment, and the next person picks it up and continues, and so on, until everyone in the group has the opportunity to contribute. Take a look at the website to become familiar with the episodes and then put your own spin on a similar project. It can combine the tradition of oral storytelling with the written form, and even include illustrations so that you can tap into students' range of strengths and weaknesses. Whether you choose to "tighten the reigns" by setting the parameters, such as including the use of vocabulary, grammar, and literary elements you are studying, or letting it evolve spontaneously, the possibilities are endless. Best of all, the contributors get to decide what happens next. Perhaps students could be involved in creating a similar ongoing story on a class wiki (learn more about wikis at the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through). The story can continue throughout the school year and culminate with a digital story presentation created with tools from Educational Uses of Digital Story Telling reviewed here.
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