Bridging Activities for “A Summer’s Reading” by Bernard Malamud- Let’s Get Creative with Bridging the Texts with Context!

These three Bridging Text and Context ideas for “ A Summer’s Reading”  may  be used either for your logs/portfolios or tests.  The first two are suitable for four and five point students and the third for strong five point students. The article before this, contains two bridging exercises for, The Wave, by Todd Strasser. The bridging ideas on this site are not found in the books we use in our classes.  I plan to post bridging activities for many literary pieces which we teach. If you have a bridging idea, please send it and I will add it to the ETC. site for all to see and share.

Remember, there are five steps you should teach your students to enable them to write a good Bridging paragraph. They are:

  1. Pre- writing– Read the quotation/information and make sure that you understand what it means.
  2. In the first sentence of your answer write what the quotation/information says.
  3. In the second sentence (could be second to fourth depending upon if it is written by four or five point students) write how this quotation/information connects to the literary piece that we read.
  4. The next two to four sentences should give at least one example to support what you wrote for answer three. These examples must come from the literary piece.
  5. The last sentence is a concluding sentence. It completes your paragraph and may refer back to the quotation/information.  For example: In conclusion, we can see from these examples that the author wanted to show this idea (state the idea from the quotation/information) when writing the poem/short story/novel.


Bridging Ideas for: “A Summer’s Reading”

By: Bernard Malamud

  1. “There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go- if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.”  Bernard Malamud   Explain how this quotation connects to the story, “A Summer’s Reading”.

  1. “We have two lives, the one we learn with and the life we live after that.” Bernard Malamud   Explain how this quotation connects to the story, “A Summer’s Reading”.

  1. Most of Bernard Malamud’s stories depict the search for hope and meaning within the bleak enclosures of poor urban settings.  Writing in the second half of the twentieth century, Malamud was well aware of the social problems of his day, but he often depicted love as redemptive and sacrifice as uplifting. Explain how this information connects to the story, “A Summer’s Reading”.

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