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Global Read Aloud: The Bridge Home 2019-2020

MS Community Reading

Global Read Aloud 19-20

THANKS TO THOSE THAT PARTICIPATED IN OUR FIRST GLOBAL READ ALOUD!

 

WITH THE SCHOOL CLOSURE, THE GLOBAL READ ALOUD WILL NOW BE DONE AT HOME. 

SEE BELOW FOR LINKS TO AUDIO VERSIONS OF EACH CHAPTER AND THE SCHEDULE USED TO READ THEM.

TRY THE TRIVIA QUESTIONS, PADLET, FLIPGRID CONNECTIONS, AND KAHOOTS, TOO!

Author: Padma Venkatraman

 

"Padma Venkatraman is the award-winning author of highly acclaimed novels such as The Bridge Home, a 2019 Global Read Aloud book; A Time to Dance and Climbing the Stairs. Her books have been featured on numerous best book lists and received a total of 20 starred reviews."  Read more of this biography HERE.

Books with Related Themes

View this list with book titles related to the following themes:

  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Gender Inequality

Schedule

Audio chapters will be added each week.  Click on the chapter numbers to listen.  Enjoy the story!

DATES

CHAPTERS

WEEK 1 : Mar. 1-5    

Chapters 1-7

 

WEEK 2 : Mar. 8-12    

Chapters 8-15

 

WEEK 3 : Mar. 15-19

Chapters 16-22

 

WEEK 4 : Mar. 22-25

Chapters 23-30

 

WEEK 5 : Apr.  5-9

Chapters 31-37

 

WEEK 6 : Apr. 13-16

Chapters 38-44

 

Summary of Book

In India, 11-year-old Viji and her 12-year-old sister, Rukku, run away to Chennai after their violent father strikes out at them. Unprepared for living on the streets, they befriend two homeless boys: Arul, who lost his family in a tsunami, and Muthu, who escaped from a so-called school where he was confined and forced to work. Together they pick through garbage dumps for glass and metal scraps to sell, sleep on an abandoned bridge, and form their own family. Rukku's intellectual disability has made her dependent on Viji, who gradually learns that her sister is more capable than she had thought.

What is the Global Read Aloud?

“How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe.”

~Pernille Ripp, Founder

More than 4,000,000 students from over 80 different countries have participated since it began in 2010.

Video

Activities

Connections

For those students wanting to connect with others here at ASD (optional), here is one suggestion...Flipgrid! Use your grade level link above.

Each week's questions are scheduled and will only appear during the dates for that week.

View this Flipgrid infographic with steps to help students make 30 second video posts.
 
New to Flipgrid?  See Getting Started with Flipgrid

GRA Finale Celebration!

Do your own personal celebration whenever you finish the book! 

Day:  To be determined

Time: 4:00-5:00

Place: 8th Grade Commons

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Notes for Parents

If you are interested in being a guest reader, contact your child's SWAT Teacher.

When the Global Read Aloud is complete, interested students will have the chance to keep a copy of The Bridge Home.   Books will stay at school in SWAT classrooms until then. 

There are a few copies for checkout in the MSHS Library.  We ask that parents not read ahead, but stay on schedule same as their child.  Thanks!

Thanks so much to our super supportive Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that promotes literacy and a sense of community by providing funding for the books and activities for the Global Read Aloud!