As Earth Day approaches, I thought I’d focus my language arts mentor text post on A River Ran Wild by author, Lynn Cherry. The author’s descriptive language about the pollution caused by the industrial revolution makes it a great choice for a mentor text discussing environmental studies, Earth Day, and certainly, reading comprehension and writing.
Ways to Use the Book
This 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 Books You May Like
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.