Literature: "Riding the Flume" by Patricia Curtis Pfitsch
These sites provide suggested readings and activities for the book “Riding the Flume.” Also includes sites on related themes of lumber mills, log flumes, and images/information for the region. There are links to eThemes Resources on Writing: Fiction and Writing: Historical Fiction.
Patricia Curtis Pfitsch website
This site provides biographical information and teaching guides. Learn more about her novels and picture books. The author's favorite links are given to assist students with the writing process and additional author information.
From the Author
This is the authors site in which she describes her thoughts and inspiration for the book. This site includes an extensive teaching guide.
Fun Things to Do With Kids In the United States: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
This site provides information about traveling to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Links to each park are given along with tips about the outdoors. "Riding the Flume" is given as one of the books about the area.
This site has a multipart video showing how the logging industry works. Learn about the historical processes required to take a tree from the forest to the mill. NOTE: These videos are available in the following formats: RealMedia, MPEG, and QuickTime.
Sequoia & King Canyon
See this collection of images from Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks. Students can see the enormity of the Sequoia and the vastness of this area of the country.
California: Virtual Reality Panoramas
Click on a picture, then use the buttons below the picture to zoom in and out. Use your arrow keys to move around the picture. These show scenes from northern California.
The Depression of 1893
This site discusses the Depression of 1893. Learn about the way the depression was viewed and how it impacted the American economy and influenced how the unemployed population of America were perceived.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Fiction
These sites have tips to help students write fiction or narrative stories that entertain. Students will learn about the writing process and the elements of fiction. Sites for publishing student work online are included. An eThemes Resource on graphic organizers is referenced.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Historical Fiction
Learn more about the genre of historical fiction. There are definitions and listings of recommended children's books, plus lesson plans and classroom activities. Includes links to eThemes Resources on various historical fiction books.