Children of the River Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students analyze internal conflicts of the characters and write an argument using reason and evidence as they read ''Children of the River'' by Linda Crews.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Children of the River by Linda Crews, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the conflicting motivations of the characters over the course of the story
  • Write an argument to support claims using reason and evidence


120 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


  • admonished
  • archaic
  • banishing
  • berating
  • brooded
  • churn
  • conviction
  • deceit
  • exotic
  • gratitude
  • harrowing
  • infatuated
  • loomed
  • mere
  • municipal
  • pungent
  • smitten
  • treacherously
  • vague
  • wrath


  • copies of Children of the River by Linda Crews
  • chart paper
  • markers
  • pens
  • paper
  • research materials

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