Resources for Teachers and Parents

Here are resources for using The Jericho River in middle school and high school classes — and for distance learning during school closure. These resources include lesson plans, a curriculum alignment, maps, a fun quiz, and more! (Some appear in the book’s back-pages too.) 


The Jericho River book cover and link to Amazon

great for distance learning, remote learning, and homeschooling!

Secrets of Hominea includes lesson plans and questions for discussion too, for middle school and younger classes — all in the book’s back-pages!



This is just plain fun — for teachers and students. Take a colorful, interactive journey through world history. This quiz takes about seven minutes and will be super engaging for your students!



Curriculum Alignment 

The Jericho River‘s curriculum alignment was written by Lisa Meyer, NBCT, World History  Teacher, Mukwonago High School, Mukwonago, WI


map from The Jericho River: great for distance learning, remote learning, and homeschooling!Lexile Score – 730

Appropriate for high school and middle school social studies, English classes, remote/distance learning, and libraries. This novel is also a great refresher for college students to retain the basic outline of the history of Western Civilization. (Note that the content is more advanced — in terms of complexity and danger — than the Lexile/reading level of the text.)


Blog articles/posts on teaching history

My blog provides articles for teachers, about teaching, and articles for both teachers and students, about history. I also welcome guest posts by innovative educators. Click “Categories” in the sidebar to choose articles by period and by whether they’re meant for students.


great for distance learning, remote learning, and homeschooling: social studies Western Civilization K12

Zidu the lumin and Jason — from The Jericho River

DESIGN A LUMIN LESSON PLAN: Using Myth and The Jericho River to Understand Historic Societies

This lesson plan taps into students’ creativity and imagination, as they design a mythical creature based on the beliefs, values, and artwork of a past society (an exercise to appeal to most young people). Students enjoy creating a history-based mythical creature: a “lumin,” like Zidu from The Jericho River. Great for distance learning and homeschooling.


THE JERICHO RIVER & HISTORY: Learning Exercises and Journal-as-You-Go — High School Version

Students journal as they read The Jericho River and then to complete four additional writing and visual arts exercises — related to the history of the ancient Middle East and Western Civilization. Great for remote learning and homeschooling.


great for distance learning, remote learning, and homeschooling!BOAT DIORAMA FROM THE JERICHO RIVER LESSON PLAN: Building a Diorama to Understand Historic Societies — High School Version

Another engaging project for students! Students create a boat and a scene from a past society, in a diorama, based on the actual appearance and technology of that society.

This assignment requires an oral or written description of the diorama and its place in history. Students imagine they’re visiting the historic society, like a character in The Jericho River.

Great for distance learning and homeschooling.


ARTICLE: Teaching History by Sailing The Jericho River

great for distance learning, remote learning, and homeschooling!

Many thanks to Ms. Rudy Edwards, an Ohio high school social studies teacher for using my book in class and sharing her work!



Please use these illustrations for educational purposes, in class!



Again, please use this for educational purposes, in class and at home, for homeschooling and remote learning.



Teacher Reviews:  

Through historical fiction, David [Tollen] provides a valuable tool for teachers and students in their continuing quest to study the past.” — Philip Bigler, 1998 National Teacher of the Year

Teachers tend to back away from historical novels because they usually hit only one or two objectives, since they only cover one period. … To my surprise, I [found] exactly what I was looking for. The Jericho River hits multiple objectives.” — Rudy Edwards, social studies teacher, Goshen High School, Ohio

[N]ot only was this book wonderfully entertaining, it was also a fabulous way to interest young people to learn more about the past, present, and possibly the future.” — Merwyden Suluai, 2010 American Samoa Teacher of the Year

The book is available on Amazon and Ingram.


You are welcome to use and adapt these resources for your classroom or home-school setting. They’re all offered free (under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, for the lessons).

Join us on Facebook @TheJerichoRiver to discuss the book and share your creative teaching ideas and lesson plans or related artwork by students (or anyone). I’m also on Twitter @DavidTollen.

We will also add new teaching resources for middle and high school teachers and college educators.

David Tollen: books for distance learning, homeschooling, and the classroomThanks.

Enjoy the book!

David Tollen


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