A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit

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  1. This English language arts resource includes both of my literature reading units for the novel, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. This bundle is great to be able to differentiate instruction among the varied learners in your classroom. Each unit includes pre-reading activities, a guided readin
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This is a reading literature novel unit plan and guided reading packet for the novel, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. This novel is set in Sudan, Africa and depicts the lives of Salva and Nya. It is a wonderful story that encourages hope and perseverance. This novel unit includes pre-reading activities, a guided reading comprehension packet, review game, after reading activities, assessments complete with a graphic organizer, rubrics, and answer keys. This unit has been updated to include BOTH print and digital activities.

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This novel study includes:

  • Prereading web quest activity that will give students background information on Linda Sue Park, the book trailer, and Sudan, Africa.
  • Prereading activity to give students information on the government, population, economic status and problems of Sudan.
  • A guided reading comprehension packet
  • Paired text activity using My Great-Grandmother's Gourd
  • Flip book review activity
  • Several review games and worksheets, including Trashketball
  • Assessments
  • Several ideas for after reading activities
  • Answer key

Digital versions of this A Long Walk to Water novel study are included for:

  • Prereading activity
  • Guided reading questions
  • Flipbook activity
  • Assessments

Questioning is aligned with Common Core Standards. I used this as an independent reading novel for my grade 8 English language arts students, but this book is appropriate for upper elementary to middle school students.

Check out this feedback from happy teachers!

  • I love this resource and it will be a brilliant book study for my grade 5/6 students. Highly recommend this to any teachers of upper primary grades.
  • I used this resource within a homeschool tutorial setting. I handed out the questions so students had guidance reading each week at home. Of key use was the tabbed booklet, identifying and comparing the two main characters. The booklet provides a writing prompt for a short theme. My group of 6th grade students of varying writing and reading levels enjoyed completing the booklet which also generated excellent classroom discussion. When implementing the "theme" assessment, I provided additional instructions to assist students writing within the framework. The rubric was successfully used in class for a peer review of the rough draft to assess the "quality" of students writing, along with a checklist of required elements. Thank you for a resource that provide an excellent culminating product for this book.
  • Super product! Thanks!
  • I cannot wait to use this!
  • This is a great resource. I love that so many questions require thought and not just a simple one word answer. Thank you!
  • This is a wonderful resource to align with an amazing book. Great way to check for understanding.
  • My students really enjoyed reading the thorough background on Sudan. Thank you for including this for them to do before they started reading.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Total Pages
97 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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