Teacher Guide

Touching Spirit Bear Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Develop a thorough understanding of the elements of Ben Mikaelsen’s life and experiences that have shaped his worldview and his writings;

  2. 2

    Understand and analyze the cultural framing for this novel, and the real-life events and conflicts surrounding non-traditional forms of discipline and justice, both when the novel was written and now;

  3. 3

    Read Touching Spirit Bear with an eye to the linguistic and thematic details that Mikaelsen uses to communicate details about different characters, and recognize the broader themes present throughout Touching...

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