by Making ELA Matter
5th – 9th Grade
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman is a moving account of four homeless children who struggle to survive together and grow to become a family.
This resource is designed to introduce students to the novel, the author and some background information on India’s Ragpickers.
- A suggested lesson plan
- A journal entry that asks students to study the cover and make predictions based on some leading questions. It also includes a direct link to the book trailer.
- A 7 Word Challenge puzzle on the author, Padma Venkatraman. The puzzle requires students to complete a bit of research using on-line sources (the links are provided). This activity requires students to read carefully to decipher clues and come up with a word that fits the description based on the letter tiles provided.
- An active listening worksheet that students complete after watching “India’s Ragpickers – the Harsh Reality.” The worksheet also includes opportunities for student response to certain aspects of the video.
- Answer keys for all resources
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