Touching Spirit Bear By: Ben Mikaelsen. Power Point By: Yesenia Gaviria and Lisa Smith. Table of contents:. Slides 1 : Introduction Slide 2 : Table of Contents Slide 3 & 4 : Author information Slide 5 : Vocabulary activity Slide 6 : Predicting activity Slide 7 : What is circle justice?
Power Point By:
Yesenia Gaviria and Lisa Smith
Slides 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Table of Contents
Slide 3 & 4: Author information
Slide 5: Vocabulary activity
Slide 6: Predicting activity
Slide 7: What is circle justice?
Slide 8: Spirit bear information
Slide 9: About the novel
Slide 10: Student web activities
Slide 11: Activities to do while we read
Slide 12: Activities to do after reading
Slide 13: Assessment
With your partner you
are to look up these
words. For each word
you must write the
definition, a synonym,
an antonym, and a
creative sentence using
Once everyone is done we
will go over these words as
Circle of life
Now that we have discussed these words lets make a prediction on what you think this book will be about.
PredictingThink about the ideas below and free write on each of the ideas. Be prepared to discuss your thoughts with other students and the class.
Circle Justice is a Native American form of justice that seeks healing in contrary to the regular punishment. With the cooperation of traditional criminal courts, criminals who plead guilty to certain types of crimes are allowed by the court to sign an agreement accepting responsibility for their wrongdoing. They commit themselves to working through a spiritually based process to change their behavior and make restitution to the victims and their community. It is mostly practiced in Minnesota and some other Midwestern states. Volunteers help sentence offenders and then help them lead better lives.
Yes, Spirit Bears are real! They are found in the central and north coast of British Columbia and Canada. Spirit Bears are black bears that have a rare genetic trait that causes their fur to be white. Spirit Bears are much like the typical black bear. They weigh about half a pound when they are born and when they are fully grown they weigh anywhere from 150-300 pounds. They are omnivores, which means that they eat berries, nuts, fruit, plants, deer, and salmon. In the wild they can live to be more that 25 years old.
*****It is ILLEGAL to hunt Spirit Bears!******
Touching Spirit Bear is a story about survival. It shows the reader the destruction of anger in the human soul. In the novel we meet 15 year old Cole Matthews who is a very angry young man. His behavior become more and more violent until they finally land him in jail. He decides to use the circle justice system to help get him out of jail. He is banished to an island in Alaska for a year. While he is there he must struggle with his personal demons. He must get over his anger in order to survive not only in this desolate area but also in the world. This novel is about physical survival and survival of the soul.
Assessment:There will be many different assignments to do for this book. All of the assignments are listed below with the value of the assignment next to it. There will not be a test when we are done with the novel because your essay will prove to me that you have been keeping up with your work and that you have put thought into the themes. This does not mean that there will be no quizzes. As always please make sure you keep up with the readings because you never know when a pop quiz will be administered.