It's Ryan versus the river in a race against time to save his brother's life. When twelve-year-old Ryan reluctantly agrees to join his experienced older brother Tanner on a camping trip, he could never have dreamed this would turn into the most frightening day of his life. Ryan's no good at sports or outdoor stuff. He'd rather be home playing video games. But Tanner says it's an easy trip. They'll kayak down the Boulder River, catch fish, and roast marshmallows. But the river is higher than usual, and the kayaking is scary. Tanner isn't worried. But soon after, he's badly hurt in a kayaking accident, leaving Ryan alone and afraid he can't save his brother's life. He's only faced danger in video games. What good are games now when Ryan faces a real-life battle? From the Hardcover edition.
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Wild River, by P.J. Peterson is the story of a boy named Ryan who reluctantly agrees to go on a kayaking and camping trip with his older brother, Tanner. When Tanner is injured in an accident, Ryan struggles to save his life. Have you ever been camping or kayaking?
Why does Tanner invite Ryan on the camping trip?
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Ryan and Tanner have __________.
Use the "Define" feature to read the definition for the word, "kayak." The image below shows a large kayak, similar to the one Ryan and Tanner are using. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is a hobby that Ryan enjoys?
As you read, think about the characters in the story. What personality traits do they have? How are they feeling? What motivates their actions? The following video will explain how to identify character traits. (This annotation contains a video)
Describe the events that take place while Ryan and Tanner are kayaking, focusing on the obstacles that can make kayaking a dangerous activity. Include details from the text to support your answer.
Have you ever been fishing? The boys are hoping to catch some trout because they are large enough to be a meal. The image below shows what a trout looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Ryan referred to as the "Bad Song Champion?"
Pay attention to the highlighted passage. Do you get the feeling that something bad is about to happen? Make a prediction about what will happen next.
Which of the following is an obstacle that Ryan is facing after the accident?
Read the definition for the word, "chute." The following image shows a raft going down a river chute. Do you think it looks fun or scary? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is a helpful lesson that Ryan has learned from playing video games?
As you read, think about the meaning of words and phrases, including literal and non-literal or figurative language. The following video will show you how to distinguish between literal and non-literal language. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is it so important that Ryan get the dry bag?
Read the highlighted passage. Ryan uses figurative language to describe the air mattress as having "five green tubes that looked like giant hot dogs." The image below will show you what his air mattress looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Ryan is singing a song about laziness, yet he has not been lazy as he tries to save Tanner's life. What character traits has Ryan shown in Chapter Four that prove he is not lazy?
Have you determined who the narrator of the story is? The story is told by Ryan in first-person point of view. Did you notice he says "I" as he tells the story? As you read, think about how Ryan's point of view is different from your own.
What is the next step that Ryan needs to accomplish in order to help Tanner survive?
A bear rope is used to keep bags of food up off the ground so bears won't get into them. The image below shows a bear rope. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following sentences is an example of non-literal (figurative) language?
Ryan is beginning to feel a desperate sense of urgency to save his brother's life. Despite the fact that he is not an experienced camper or outdoorsy person, he is trying his best to do whatever is necessary to help Tanner survive.
The only way Ryan can save Tanner's life is to ________.
Ryan has climbed some rock climbing walls at the YMCA, so he will use his wall climbing skills to help him climb a real cliff. Have you ever climbed a rock climbing wall? The image below shows a picture of one. Do you think it is realistic enough to teach Ryan how to climb a real cliff? (This annotation contains an image)
Describe the obstacles Ryan faces as he tries to climb up a cliff to get to the road. Include details from the text to support your answer.
Have you noticed a central message or theme emerging in the story? The following video will explain how to identify a theme in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
What is Ryan's new plan to find help?
Read the highlighted passage. Ryan describes the sound of the chute as "sickening roar." He continues to face many obstacles and he tries to save Tanner, but he does not give up. Have you noticed the theme of perseverance in the story?
Ryan's journey along the river on an air mattress can be described as ________.
Ryan thought he saw a tent, but it was just an old piece of tarp. Read the definition for the word, "tarp." The image below shows what tarp looks like so you can see how it resembles a tent. (This annotation contains an image)
How is Ryan feeling when he realizes the campground is empty?
Think about all of the dangers Ryan is facing as he tries to find help...rough waters, cold temperatures, chutes, a bear, etc. Do you think it is wise of him to keep going or should he return to Tanner and wait for help to arrive?
What facts does Ryan know about bears and what does he not know about bears?
As you read, think about the ways in which each chapter builds on the previous chapter. For example, chapter eight ended with Ryan spotting a bear, and chapter nine began with a description of the bear's actions.
Ryan is beginning to feel extreme ______ as he searches for a road.
Have you read the definition for the word, "current?" The following video shows a strong river current. Think about how a fast current has contributed to Ryan's difficulties in the river. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Ryan beat the River Demon?
Ryan and Tanner's trip turned out to be quite an adventure. Did you identify the theme of adventure in the story?
Read the highlighted passage. What is the meaning of the phrase, "piece of cake?"
As you read chapter eleven and reach the end of the story, think about the ways in which Ryan was a hero in the story. Can you recall a time when you were a hero or did something heroic?
Summarize the events in the story that convey the story's theme of adventure.