Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

Follow the links below to find free resources and book unit samples.


Book Information

Publication Date:October 21, 1977

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 810L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level T

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 8

Major Awards: 1978 Medal Winner

Number of Pages: 144 pages

Approximate Word Count: 30,450 words -- The average reader will spend 2 hours and 1 minutes reading Bridge to Terabithia at 250 words per minute.*

Audible Book Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins

Book Themes: Freindship, Family, Courage, Contrasting Regions: Lark Creek and Terabithia, Innocence, Transformation, Society and Class, Ambition

Genre: realistic fiction

Setting: a small town called Lark Creek in Virginia and Terabithia in the 1970s

Important Quote: It's like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.

First Line: Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity.

Point of View: Third Person (Limited Omniscient) through Jess's perspective

*Estimate from Reading Length

Links to Resources and Teaching Ideas

Bridge to Terabithia Anchor Chart

Click here to download Venn Diagram without lines.(I use this version for students to write character traits on sticky notes and add them to the chart.)

Click here to download the Venn Diagram with lines.

Click here to download Bridge to Terabithia and Compare and Contrast titles.

Click here to download Compare and Contrast title (Version 1).

Click here to download Compare and Contrast title (Version 2).

Instructions for Printing the Venn Diagram

Adobe Reader

With Adobe Reader 10 or newer, you can print posters by splitting the document across multiple sheets of paper called titles. After printing, you piece the tiles together. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader, you can update to a newer version with a free download here:

Printing Instructions

  1. Choose File > Print
  2. A pop-up menu will open. Select the "Poster" option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select "Size" in place of "Poster," your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.