The story begins with cole kneeling defiantly in the bow of the aluminum skiff what starts the action of the story. Cole goes along with this tlingit form of justice, figuring hell escape, until a huge white bear. Though most spirit bears live off the coast of british columbia, one massive bear has managed to find its way to the alaskan island cole will inhabit. Cole mathews journey from a juvenile delinquent to a trustworthy young man in touching spirit bear by ben mikaelsen. You know, the stuff you just told me makes more sense than all the weird.
Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Touching spirit bear, published in 2001, is an account of a young boys experience with violence, forgiveness, and nature as he is banished to a remote alaskan island as punishment for a violent crime. Touching spirit bear novel study guide by margaret. Touching spirit bear study guide contains a biography of ben mikaelsen, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. The lodge itself directly reflects their culture as it has been built in the style of their traditional long houses, the interior of the lodge itself and the furnishings used within are also reflective of their culture with many antiques used to decorate the space. Touching spirit bear quotes showing 1 of whatever you do to the animals, you do to yourself. In his napra nautilus awardwinning novel touching spirit bear, author ben mikaelson delivers a poignant comingofage story of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life. Copy of the watsons go to birmingham1963 character chart. Spirit bear as a native american animal symbol in the light of day, the spirit bear is a special species of black bear known only to a select few that live in the british columbia area as well as a handful of islands near alaska. Feb 28, 2001 troubled teen meets totemic catalyst in mikaelsens petey, 1998, etc. Copy of touching spirit bear chapter questions with answers. Touching spirit bear by ben mikaelsen touching spirit bear novel study guide is a 148page resource for teaching ben mikaelsens popular novel with eight different components. You carved a perfect circle, he said, a soft smile tugging at his lips.
Then it returns to minneapolis, their busy, noisy and polluted city. Honestly i chose the book because it sounded inkteresting but it. Spirit bear lodge is a unique concept built and run by the local kitasooxaixai community. Troubled teen meets totemic catalyst in mikaelsens petey, 1998, etc.
Coles parole officer offers him an alternativecircle justice, an. Touching spirit bear a poem by punkgirl12893 all poetry. Touching spirit bear study guide contains a biography of ben mikaelsen, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full. Cole replies by saying that if he saw a spirit bear, he would kill it. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. While waiting for the courts decision cole, the boy, was kept in a detention center. Cole was alone and badly hurt by the bear in the island, with nothing to eat and unable to move. Setting ghost of spirit bear by sierra and chelsea the book begins on a remote island in alaska where its calm and peaceful, no one to challenge or fear. Some of the main themes are to treat others with respect, you always have redemption for your mistakes, and that you cant change the circle of life. After severely injuring peter driscal in an empty parking lot, mischiefmaker cole matthews is in major trouble. Edwin told cole about spirit bear and other things, cole said he didnt afraid of anything. Dedication thisbookisdedicatedtobuffy, asevenhundredpoundblackbearwho hasbecomemyownspiritbear. Its a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the.
This results in a neardeath experience for our main dude. He has been in and out of trouble with the police for most of his teenage years, committing first crimes. Vanessa godinez block 2 121108 book report the golden compass main characters analysis of major characters lyra belacqua lyra, the protagonist of the trilogy, is the second eve. Touching spirit bear when spirit bear comes back, why do you think cole chooses not to spit on him, but instead of touch him. They also mention the existence of a spirit bear an allwhite black bear that lives off the coast of british columbia. Coles anger is ignited and he becomes determined to challenge the bear. Fifteenyearold cole is cocky, embittered, and eaten up by anger at his abusive parents. Hes unrepentant and even though he is facing serious jail time, his kindly parole officer, a man named garvey, gets him into this native american justice program called circle justice. Dec 19, 2011 when spirit bear comes back, why do you think cole chooses not to spit on him, but instead of touch him. Cole matthews is a violent, outofcontrol, angry teen.
This teaching resource begins with detailed chapter summaries presented in bulleted format fo. Touching spirit bear is a novel written by ben mikaelsen. When garvey joined the boys, he stared down at the log and at what they had carved. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. Touching spirit bear chapter summaries and objective tests. Cole was on the island and they talked about peter and the forgiveness, cole didnt care if peter forgive him, and garvey said forgiving wasnt forgetting. Touching spirit bear by ben mikaelsen novel study with questions, vocabulary, and activities this big touching spirit bear literature guide package of resources contains everything you need to teach a complete touching spirit bear novel study. They tell cole that the bear has more pride and honesty than most humans. This video is about my book report about this book. Ben mikaelsons book touching spirit bear was truly magnificent. Touching spirit bear is a book about a very angry and abused fifteen year old who is facing a prison sentence for attacking and injuring a fellow ninethgrder. He is sentenced to time on an island as a way of healing. Cole matthews, the main character, goes on a journey of selfdiscovery and ends up creating a totem pole to explain what he. Touching spirit bear chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 summary and.
Cole was on the island and they talked about peter and the forgiveness, cole didnt care if peter. After i read this book i really just wanted to read more. Learn bear touching spirit elements with free interactive flashcards. Touching spirit bear s first chapter describes how a young boy faces the world alone even though he has people to look out for him. After repeated skirmishes with the law, he finally faces jail time when he viciously beats a classmate. Climax cole is on the island and edwin drove away in silence. Global spirit colors that you would know the worlds major regional market conditions of spirit colors, the main region including north american, europe and asia etc, and the main country including united states,germany,japan and china etc. During his stay in the detention center he was asked to apply for circle justice. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of touching spirit bear by ben mikaelsen. Grade touching spirit bear assessment i teacher answer key. Touching spirit bear chapter 1 cole matthews knelt defiantly in the bow of the aluminum chapter 2 the heavy load of supplies caused the skiff to wallow chapter 3 cole stared sullenly into the fire, then let his gaze chapter 4 by the time cole paused to catch his breath, he chapter 5 once clear of the bay, cole swam even harder. Touching spirit bear is a novel by ben mikaelsen in which cole matthews must fend for himself on an island for one year as penance for assaulting a boy named peter.
Touching spirit bear ends with a scene where cole and peter have finally come together despite their past differences and have worked together to carve on coles totem to represent his anger. He is 15 years old and has a lot of emotional issues. Theme touching spirit bear book report there are many themes to this book. Though ccss alignments are not listed in this file, the various activities meet a large portion of ela skills requirements for grades 68. In chapter 24 of touching spirit bear by ben mikaelsen, cole is still unable to finish his totem pole. The ghost of spirit bear by sierra schultz on prezi. To pullman, the original eve depicted in genesis was not the cause of all sin, but the source of all knowledge and. In this webquest, students will gain a better understanding of different aspects of this novel. All in all, this was an amazing read and i recommend it to all. Touching spirit bear chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 summary and analysis. But instead of jail time, cole is given another option. If you like touching spirit bear you might like similar books the murk, the rainbow people, river thunder, aesops fables, cleopatra rules the amazing life of the original teen queen. Touching spirit bear ben mikaelsen, lee tergesen isbn. The bear defended itself and caused cole many wounds and broken bones 18.
Touching spirit bear by ben mikaelsen is about a boy from minneapolis who is going down the wrong path in life. Nov 07, 2015 cole matthews is what we consider a juvenile delinquent. Learn touching spirit bear chapter 1 reading with free interactive flashcards. They agree that he will be banished to an island in alaska to think through his behavior and try to find the right path. You will discover information about alaska, the tlingit indians, circle justice, and the kermode spirit bear. About touching spirit bear touching spirit bear summary character list glossary themes quotes and analysis chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8 chapters 9. Touching spirit bear is a novel by ben mikaelsen in which cole matthews must fend for himself on an island for one year. Honestly i chose the book because it sounded inkteresting but it was him on the ground half the book and. During this time, he is confronted by a rare bear species, the spirit bear, in a way that transforms his perspective on his own life and on the world. Cole matthews, the main character, goes on a journey of selfdiscovery and ends up creating a totem pole to explain what he has learned about himself. Cole has a lot of anger issues, and he often uses violence to deal with. In his napra nautilus awardwinning novel touching spirit bear, author ben mikaelson delivers a poignant comingofage story of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life after severely injuring peter driscal in an empty parking lot, mischiefmaker cole matthews is. The author wants the reader to believe that nature indeed can reveal these hidden truths, and so the beaver becomes a symbol for patients and perseverance, the eagle becomes a symbol of strength and freedom, and the whale becomes a symbol of wandering and search for truth. Edwin and garvey would help cole to change but not wasting time.
Applied psychology touching spirit bear essay what students are saying as a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, i stumbled upon course hero, where i can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 247, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students. Choose from 500 different sets of touching spirit bear chapter 1 reading flashcards on quizlet. Not only has the bear ripped your friends apart with hatred, but it has also hurt you, in your sleep dreaming, and dreaming of what you have done, the bear trying to take over, you wont let it happen, the bear may be a spirit, but deadly to people, the spirit of the bear will remain. He is routinely abused by his father and the abuse leads to a deep, constant anger that cole cant control. Touching spirit bear has both a literal and a figurative meaning for the novels protagonist, cole matthews. In order to understand touching spirit bear better, you are going to research some different aspects of the novel. Touching spirit bear book report by tyler miller on prezi. Dec 05, 2015 this video is about my book report about this book. My complete unit, full of tons of fun and engaging activities. Cole is banished to a remote alaskan island as punishment for seriously injuring a classmate. His father is an abusive raging alcoholic and his mother is complacent. The plot was amazing and the events were very interesting.
In these chapters we are first introduced to cole matthews, a juvenile delinquent, who is on the way to an alaskan village to be subjected to circle justicea term we only later come to understand. Cole matthews main character cole matthews, a 15 yearold boy, beats up peter driscal after peter informs police that cole had robbed a hardware store and then trashed it. His mother witnesses the abuse but generally does nothing to stop it, leading cole to. His mother witnesses the abuse but generally does nothing to stop it, leading cole to believe that no one cares for him. This teaching resource begins with detailed chapter summaries presented in. Spirit bear moksgmol a poem by teddybard all poetry.
Cole matthews is a teenager with a troubled childhood. Cole matthews is a teenage delinquent whos in big trouble for beating up a kid named peter driscal. Touching spirit bear by ben mikaelsen is a provoking story about cole matthews, a young man who beats up another boy. Touching spirit bear chapters 21, 22, 23, and 24 summary. The important life lessons from coles life and ben mikaelsens touching spirit bear. Touching spirit bear research project yoders classroom. Because cole treated peter with respect towards the. How does cole react to the white bear at the end of chapter 7. Research project we will be conducting research projects that go along with ideas that we have touched on in regards to touching spirit bear.
Touching spirit bear novel study guide by margaret whisnant tpt. Touching spirit bear chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8 summary and. He beats up a boy from school and has to face a native american circle justice council. Touching spirit bears first chapter describes how a young boy faces the world alone even though he has people to look out for him. Interactive journal prompts touching spirit bear blog prompts instructions for creating and managing your class blog touching spirit bear daily quote. Touching spirit bear summary and analysis of chapters 9.
Most important, of course, is the presence of the spirit bear as a. When i received my package in the mail i was exited to start reading. When peter gets beat up by cole what happens to the main characters throughout the novel. The novel opens in the middle of the action, as cole is travelling on a ship with garvey, a parole officer of tlingit indian origin, and edwin, an elderly tlingit indian who is helping. Touching spirit bear chapter summaries and objective tests is a 64 page resource for teaching ben mikaelsens popular novel with two components. Touching spirit bear is a comingofage novel by bolivianamerican author ben. Hetaughtmetobegentleand thati,too,ampartof thecircle. The main character in this book is a young boy named cole matthews. Choose from 500 different sets of bear touching spirit elements flashcards on quizlet. Cole does actually touch spirit bear when he comes to the islandyou know, when he tries to kill the bear and ends up grabbing a handful of his fur.558 201 1135 813 276 20 1229 372 712 700 1107 1508 722 549 828 861 797 429 311 960 403 856 842 691 705 979 1246 1485 41 1072 706 1317 1436 340 1101 1219 55 1039 1399