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7th Grade Touching Spirit Bear Project

posted Oct 10, 2013, 9:30 AM by website team   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 9:32 AM ]
Mrs. Helm's 7th Grade English class has been reading the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. Throughout the novel they have used Literature Circles to discuss and interact with the novel as well as watching videos about different aspects of the book.

They have discussed Circle Justice, healing, Spirit Bears, and the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  The symbol of the circle is important to the book as are totems.  Each 7th grader designed and constructed their own totem pole by researching the different animals and their meanings. 

The main character in the book, Cole, creates a totem pole as he heals and learns from the animals.  We created a pole with animals that represent us and our character.  Accompanying each totem is a description of the animals and their meaning as well as an illustrated scene of importance from the story.

To see these totems please visit the junior high hallway!