This grade 2 realistic fiction reading unit (level J) is about a family that has a wonderful day trip floating on a river raft with a guide. Students learn about realistic fiction as a literary genre and do a literary analysis that focuses on characters. The unit contains teacher support pages, a reading selection with supporting illustrations, and activities to guide students in close reading of the text. Students also gain practice applying topic and academic vocabulary. The unit concludes with a reading comprehension activity and a text-based writing activity.