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Bridge to Terabithia Plot Diagram
Updated: 4/1/2019
Bridge to Terabithia Plot Diagram
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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro

Bridge to Terabithia is the story of Jess, a boy whose life revolves around doing chores on the farm and becoming the fastest runner at school. His new neighbor, Leslie, teaches him about the beauty of the world through their friendship and their secret hideaway in the woods, Terabithia.




Bridge to Terabithia

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Bridge to Terabithia Summary & Plot Diagram activity - Bridge to Terabithia Book

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • A new family moves in next to Jess Aaron's house. The daughter of the family, Leslie, is in Jess' class in school.
  • CLIMAX
  • Jess doesn't like Leslie at first because she seems so strange. All the same, he stands up for her when she wants to race the other boys. Leslie takes the title of fastest kid away from Jess.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • Leslie and Jess create a new land in the woods. They become fast friends and rule as king and queen of Terabithia. At school, the two band together against the bully, Janice Avery.
  • RESOLUTION
  • After heavy rainfall, the water level rises. Jess goes on an adventure with Miss Edmunds. Leslie tries to cross the bridge into Terabithia, but the rope breaks beneath her. Leslie dies.
  • Jess grieves for his lost friend. He realizes that Leslie has changed him in many ways. It is hard for him to adjust to life after her death.
  • Jess builds a new, safer bridge to Terabithia out of lumber. After he has finished his secret mission, Terabithia welcomes a new queen, his sister May Belle.
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