A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan: Lower Level

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This resource is a unit plan and guided reading comprehension packet for the novel, A Long Walk to Water. This is perfect for lower level or struggling readers.

Included in this plan are
• background information
• a guided reading packet
• Paired text activity using My Great-Grandmother's Gourd
• several review games and worksheets, including Trashketball
• assessments
• several ideas for after reading activities and projects
• answer key

Questioning is aligned to Common Core Standards. I used this as an independent reading novel for my special education eighth grade students but this book is appropriate for upper elementary to middle school students.

My 8th grade special education students read this book independently but because their levels are so varied, I am giving this packet to my lower level readers. It follows the same questioning as my other packet (link is below), however I have reworded some of the questions within the packet and on the assessments so that they can have better success comprehending and answering questions. You can, as I have, use this in tandem with my other packet.

Here is a summary of A Long Walk to Water:

Salva and Nya have difficult paths to walk in life. Salva's journey, based on a true story, begins in 1985 with an explosion. The boy's small village in Sudan erupts into chaos while the 11-year-old is in school, and the teacher tells the children to run away. Salva leaves his family and all that is familiar and begins to walk. Sometimes he walks alone and sometimes there are others. They are walking toward a refugee camp in Ethiopia, toward perceived safety. However, the camp provides only temporary shelter from the violent political storm. In 1991-'92, thousands are killed as they try to cross a crocodile-infested river when they are forced out of the country; Salva survives and gets 1200 boys to safety in Kenya. Nya's life in 2008 revolves around water. She spends eight hours a day walking to and from a pond. In the dry season, her family must uproot themselves and relocate to the dry lake bed where they dig in the mud until water eventually trickles out. Nya's narrative frames Salva's journey from Sudan to Ethiopia to Rochester, NY, and, eventually, back to Sudan.
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Below is a link to my unit plan for A Long Walk to Water. This plan features higher level thinking questions and responses compared to this packet.

A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan
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A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan: Lower Level
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan: Lower Level
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan: Lower Level
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan: Lower Level