A Long Walk to Water Novel Study for Special Ed with questions

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Special Needs for Special Kids
Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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202 pages
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This was life changing! I was able to my student, who is on the spectrum, access A Long Walk to Water. Thank you!!
I love this novel study. It allowed all students to take part in the class. It was a great unit and I loved reading this book to my students.


A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. Have you ever wanted to read a novel to your special education students but thought, there is no way they will sit and listen? Persevere, it is worth it!! This 200-page unit on the novel A Long Walk to Water is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading a novel to my students, regardless of their learning level. The lesson of learning to sit while someone is talking is an invaluable skill that is worthwhile teaching.


This unit has various activities to accompany Linda Sue Park's book, A Long Walk to Water. The materials were designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through listening to this novel. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they get to follow Nya and Salva and the challenges they face living in the difficult conditions of war-torn Sudan. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There are 1 or more activities (32 different activities!!) to go with each chapter as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

There are 2 complete files to go with this unit. One is in color and one is in BW.

***This novel unit now has comprehension questions. There are 5 questions for each chapter. Each question has 3 picture answer choices. An answer key is included.


If your students love this story, check out my shorter literacy unit that goes great with this novel, Lila and the Secret to Rain. CLICK HERE


See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.


A Long Walk to Water Unit Includes:

  • 160 pages of activities to accompany A Long Walk to Water
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 32 activities (1 or more for each chapter)
  • 5 comprehension questions for each chapter


There are so many benefits to reading out loud to your students. You will teach them an invaluable skill of learning to sit still while someone else is talking. Your parents will also LOVE you for not only teaching them this skill of sitting but also for exposing them to age-appropriate material. Plus, you never know which students you will touch with each story you read.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. Remember, you will gain credit toward future purchases on tpt as you leave more and more feedback!!

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future.

I also have a blog post on reading novels to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class

Total Pages
202 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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