Here's how Amazon describes A River Ran Wild
From the author of the beloved classic The Great Kapok Tree, A River Ran Wild tells a story of restoration and renewal. Learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts.
Ways to Use the BookThis book works well for several skills as I mentioned, but I think it is best for author's craft and author's message. As I read through the book, I found the author's words perfect for digging deep for meaning. Cherry poetically describes the changes to the Nashua River as the industrial revolution happened, and for the reader, it provides an opportunity to think about issues related to pollution, greed for bigger and better things, responsibility to take care of our planet, and respect for the beliefs and feelings of others. Having students select text information and record their interpretation of that information provides wonderful discussion. For this lesson, I selected the text to purposefully guide the talking points. This file could be projected on a Smartboard to compile student thoughts as part of a Pair/Share period.
Other Teaching Options
Other skills that are included in this mini unit are using text features to make predictions, making comparisons between texts, and a related writiBCng prompt. In preparing this post, I also found this resource from Lisa Frase which gives additional resources and ideas including a reader's theatre script. For a copy of my mini unit, click the picture below.
Many of Lynne Cherry's books focus on environmental studies. For other book options from her, you can give these a try. I've used The Great Kapok Tree, Armadillo from Amarillo, and The Shaman's Apprentice.