Literature: "Trouble River" by Betsy Byars
These resources include suggested activities for the book and biographies on author Betsy Byars. There is also information about the book’s themes of pioneer life and rafting. Includes eThemes resources on Westward Expansion.
This site has a teaching guide for the book including theme openers, cross-curricular activities, and research assignments.
The River Wild
on this multimedia site, you can experience the wild river, learn how to read and run rapids, and listen to a song and an eagles call. There are also many photos. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Build a Wind-driven Raft
Follow the instructions and build a wind-driven raft in a day. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to a discussion forum.
Trouble River Worksheets
This site has questions for the different chapters in the book.
Betsy Byars's Site
This is the authors official website. Includes an autobiography, writing tips, comments on books, and more.
Betsy Byars: Techniques and Themes
This article is an analysis of Byars's work related to writing styles.
Random House: Betsy Byars
Read the author's biography and the inspiration behind her writing.
Learn about author's life before becoming a writer.
eThemes Resources: Westward Expansion: Pioneers of the Frontier
This eThemes Resource focuses on the American westward expansion during the 1800s. Includes information about the men, women, and children who came to the West. Learn about Kit Carson, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, the Mountain men, gold miners, and African Americans of the West. Includes an eMINTS WebQuest on Lewis and Clark.
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