Resources for Teachers

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

[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


Lesson plans, curriculum alignment, Lexile score, articles, and more!


This is just plain fun — for teachers and students. It’s a colorful, interactive journey through world history — in the form of a quiz — lasting about seven minutes!


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


Lexile score for The Jericho River: 730
The novel appropriate for high school and middle school libraries. It also helps college students retain the basic outline of the history of Western Civilization. (Note that the content of the book is more advanced — in terms of complexity and danger — than the Lexile/reading level of the text.)


Articles/posts on teaching history appear at the blog.
The blog provides both articles for teachers, about teaching, and articles for both teachers and students, about history itself. And if you click “Categories” in the sidebar, you can choose articles by period and by whether they’re meant for students or not.


THE JERICHO RIVER & WESTERN CIVILIZATION LESSON PLAN: Learning Exercises and Journal-as-You-Go — High School Version
This lesson plan calls on students to journal as they read The Jericho River and then to complete four additional writing and visual arts exercises related to the book.


DESIGN A LUMIN LESSON PLAN: Using Myth and The Jericho River to Understand Historic Societies — High School Version
This lesson plan calls on students to focus their imaginations on creating and describing a mythical creature based on the beliefs, values, and artwork of a past society (an exercise designed to appeal to most teens). The students, in other words, create the history-based mythical creatures found in The Jericho River: “lumins.”


BOAT DIORAMA FROM THE JERICHO RIVER LESSON PLAN: Building a Diorama to Understand Historic Societies — High School Version
This lesson plan calls on students to create a boat and a scene from a past society, in a diorama, based on the actual appearance and technology of that society. It also 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.


Teaching History by Sailing The Jericho River
An article on using the book in class, based on exciting work by an Ohio high school teacher.


Please use these illustrations for educational purposes, in class!


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

We plan to add additional resources soon, including lesson plans related to Secrets of Hominea (once it’s published), as well as lessons for middle school and college educators, related to both books. Plus, Winifred Press will publish a new, education-focused edition of The Jericho River in 2018, with questions for discussion and a sample lesson plan in the back material.

If you have any lesson plans or other resources to contribute — including related artwork by students (or anyone) — please contact us!