Welcome to the 25th Anniversary Edition Ricochet River Teaching Unit.
Inspire your students with a literary exploration of characters they will recognize: the local high school hero with the grades, popularity, and prospects for a bright future; the outcast and trouble-maker, stranded between two worlds; and the dreamer, suffocating within the confines of rigid, small-town expectations. How will these three friends reconcile their individual challenges and remain loyal to each other in the process?
The Ricochet River teaching unit has been prepared with both desired student-learning outcomes and convenience of teacher lesson planning in mind: all lessons are Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned with fully developed assessments to check for understanding. All material resources for the unit are available for printing within the daily lesson pages and in the easily referenced appendix. Each daily lesson corresponds exactly with the discussion guide printed at the back of the 25th Anniversary Edition.
- Genre: Young Adult/Teen Fiction; Historical Fiction. 262 pages, 25 chapters
- Grades: 9–10
- Novel lexile level: 890
- Supplemental reading lexile levels: 1080–1570
- Days in pacing guide: 13–15 (15-17 with written assessments)
Teaching Unit: The individual segments of the unit are parsed to function either as a singular unit or as stand-alone teaching tools. For example, if your curriculum doesn’t mandate that major CCSS writing standards be prioritized in conjunction with reading standards, we encourage you to pick and choose the right assessments and activities for your students and their unique classroom dynamics.
The pacing guide as it is organized here, sequenced in numbered daily lessons and learning objectives, is only a suggested structure for implementing the Ricochet River Teaching Unit. Based on your curriculum needs—be they reading comprehension objectives, demonstrated writing competence, or a comprehensive survey of all four CCSS strands—activities and assessments may be employed in their entirety or on an as-needed basis.
As is common with CCSS lesson design, it is best to draw conclusions for desired outcomes before beginning the unit and choose which segments to include and which to leave out.