Preparing to Read the Anchor Text

A journal reflection on the Japanese epigraph, "Fall seven times, stand up eight" from Ben Mikaelson's Touching Spirit Bear launches a study of how authors use literary devices like the epigraph and flashbacks develop their themes and to reveal their point of view. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate other Rights of Passage ceremonies and alternative sentencing programs
  • Have class members bring in other examples of flashbacks used in a film, TV show, or novel they are reading
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a class set of Touching Spirit Bear
  • Presumes a class culture has been established to conduct a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive topics
  • Investigate the types of support systems in place on campus and in the community, and have a list of these services posted in the classroom
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Pros
  • Includes suggestions for how to support English language and struggling learners
  • A mini-lesson on how to use context clues to determine the meaning of words is also included
Cons
  • None