Social Studies Mentor Text: A River Ran Wild - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Social Studies Mentor Text: A River Ran Wild

Linking up with Amanda and Stacia tonight for Social Studies Mentor Texts!
The book I want to share with you is by Lynne Cherry. It's called A River Ran Wild. It's a gorgeous book, and it goes great with one of our Social Studies standards which has to do with how environment has changed over time due to human population growth (from the time of Native Americans in particular).
The book starts with Native Americans settling on the banks of the river. Then as the book progresses, you see how the river (and surrounding land) changes as colonists build mills, but then these towns turn to cities and, as time goes on, the river becomes polluted.
It's a great way to discuss major Social Studies skills as well as to look at sequence and cause and effect... hmmmmm... I feel a unit creation coming on!! :)

This Wednesday will be the last traditional Workshop Wednesday for the summer. The months of June and July will have their own link-ups which will last all month and they will be more "summer-themed." :) But THIS Wednesday, we are back to Writer's Workshop for Workshop Wednesday!
How do you teach Opinion/Persuasive/Argumentative Writing? You could share a lesson (or lessons), a book, a website... whatever! I feel like this is a harder one for my kiddos to grasp each year, so I think this topic will be a good one for us to share on and borrow from! :)

Make sure to go link up with Collaboration Cuties with your favorite Social Studies Mentor Texts! And, I hope you'll come back Wednesday to link up here! :)


  1. Sounds like a great book-just added it to my wish list! You can start your unit since you're out of school!!!!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. Great book! I've used it for sequencing, too. Looking forward to the summer linky!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  3. This is such a wonderful book by a wonderful author. I was fortunate to have met her many moons ago. She is truly and advocate for the environment. This is such a wonderful lesson for kids when teaching them how authors write about what they know and value. Thanks for sharing how you use this with your kids.

    Have a super week-
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  4. I'm pinning that one for the fall! Let us know if you write up a unit to go with it :)

    Fifth in the Middle

  5. Is this book really long? We do actually have standards about how the environment has changed due to development, etc. but I'm wondering if this book is good for 2nd graders? Thanks for sharing!

    Literacy Spark

  6. I've heard of or read this book at some point...but it's been a looooong time! It sounds like a great book that I'll need to add to my collection....thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!

    :O) Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. This book sounds fantastic and I'm sure I could fit it in to my Grade 3 program so thanks for the suggestion. Looking forward to this week's linky and some new ideas for persuasive writing (love it!).


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