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ERIC Number: EJ799233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Reading "Terebithia" in Southern Virginia
Baker, Dori Grinenko
Religious Education, v103 n3 p286-289 May-Jun 2008
The author discusses reading "The Bridge to Terebithia" to a third-grade class prior to release of the film version. Reading of the final chapter followed by two days the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech University, just seventy miles from the classroom. Although none of the college students from the author's town died, everyone knew someone who was close to the tragedy. The writer discusses the changed landscape that blurred the line between fiction and truth, the decision to proceed with the reading, and the sharing that took place as children discussed the book, the Virginia Tech tragedy, and personal losses. The author draws parallels between the classroom experience and the Christian practice of testimony, defined as "telling the truth of our lives out loud to one another." While acknowledging the role of organized faith, the writer also celebrates the everyday capability of creating an alternative arena to share stories and express feelings, a space made safe by fictional friendships brought to life in the midst of reality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia