Cole seems unfazed and plans his escape. Cole realizes that the bear is only curious, and was merely defending itself. Both parents were alcoholics and his dad was abusive, while his mom turned the other cheek. As soon as they leave, Cole torches the shelter and tries to swim over to the next island over in order to escape and never return. I often questioned if it worked. Instead of jail time or being send to a special home, Cole is offered Circle Justice: a system based on Native American traditions that attempts to provide healing for the criminal offender.
Ask students to brainstorm how they would have approached the situations he faced. Cole expresses what he learns from animals by carving them into his totem pole. In frustration and while drunk, his father often beats him while his mother rarely defends him. But the bear was hardly in it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
As an alternative to a jail term, Cole is offered a chance to take responsibilty for his assault on Peter. For these and other reasons, Cole feels very distant from her and cannot truly open up to her. William Matthews - Cole's father who has a bull-headed temper and is an alcoholic. Peter had turned in Cole for breaking into the school and Peter sustained one vicious attack from Cole. Honestly, they tried to make Cole seem like a better person throughout the book, but it didn't work for me. ولی او حق انتخاب دارد. The Spirit Bear helps Cole on his way to healing in unorthodox, but effective ways.
That's exactly what happens to the main character, Cole, in Touching Spirit Bear. It seemed as though a white kid was just dropped into this situation and was just supposed to magically discover himself. Cole was being kept at a detention center. This book is so problematic. He usually beat Cole with a belt, although he also threatened Cindy, and was mainly responsible for Cole's social problems, although his mother shared the blame.
At first, he did this only to avoid jail. One day Cole runs into a fellow classmate, Peter, and fights him. Cole is such a well-written character, and all that he goes through is incredible. Cole drifts in and out of consciousness as a violent storm hits the island and strikes a tree that nearly falls on Cole. Today I know that natural law can aid in healing. Touching Spirit Bear Review Mikaelsen, B. Cole had also been in trouble before.
At first, he did this only to avoid jail. I don't usually like setting scenes and authors explaining everything, but t Touching Spirit Bear was a roller coaster of emotions. Cole goes along with this because he doesn't want to go to jail, but deep down inside he's just planning to escape as soon as they leave him alone on the island. For example, students could draw a picture of Cole getting into a fight with another kid as a man vs. When his father drinks, he hits Cole repeatedly and abuses him in a drunken rage. Cole's feeling of the Healing Circle, based on Native American traditions, never seemed to have an impact on Cole and the changes that he made in the end. This gripping, graphic survival story from an award-winning writer paints an unsparing picture of one violent teen and offers a poignant testimony to the power of pain that can destroy and may also heal.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Cole was taken back into juvenile detention. His novels, Rescue Josh McGuire, Petey and Touching Spirit Bear have also been optioned for screen use. They decided to give him to circle justice, a peace group. Throughout the novel, students can see how various conflicts shape Cole's character and how the author uses symbolism to convey the theme.
There is a lot to be learned from this book, whether you're the bully or the victim, and I think this book should be read by all students, no matter what their background. Touching Spirit Bear isn't a 5 star because at times I would find myself getting bored, but when I got to the middle I gained interest. It would be a shame to miss out on such a fantastic novel about survival, healing, and forgiveness. In the last few chapters of the book, they take on a bigger role and are portrayed as truly desperate in their search to find healing for their son Peter. Inciting incident- Circle justice decides to send Cole to the island.
He was still violent, but he just didn't lash out. So after he recovers physically, they take him to the island and drop him off again. Garvey and Edwin also mention the existence of a Spirit Bear. Despite this, Peter eventually forgives him and the two become friends. As a teen in , he taught himself to swim and dive, and took flight and skydiving lessons. The bear charges Cole, and a violent mauling ensues.
Matthews Cole's father seems at first to be very generous in trying to help his son, but the reader soon learns that he has a terrible drinking problem. The only reason I read this garbage is because we were being tested on it. I enjoyed all the detail and description the author Ben Mikaelsen included in the text. During this fight Cole smashes Peters head into the sidewalk and causes permanent brain damage. I don't think I'll use it again, honestly.