I love using this adventure action wilderness novel as a class project because its tale of survival of a young boy in the Alaskan wilderness offers so many aspects that intrigues students: a wilderness setting, hands-on survival skills, an exciting raft journey on a river, clever dialogue and thoughtful concepts. The River novel is the sequel to Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet and is a better classroom teaching novel because it has more interesting dialogue which students like and you can link the story of a river journey to any river in your school community and compare and contrast the rivers. I love Paulsen's writing style--simple, direct, intriguing situations, personable and very readable.
There are 13 activity sheets here for the main topics: student comprehension questions, novel charting, using quotations to understand a novel, vocabulary test in a story form, novel exam, student evaluation and supplemental activity sheets.
It supplements well any environmental education activity.