A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers

A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers
A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers
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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 resource is a unit literature plan and guided reading comprehension packet for the novel, A Long Walk to Water set in Sudan, Africa that details the lives of Salva and Nya. This is perfect for lower level or struggling readers. It includes pre-reading activities, a guided reading comprehension packet, review game, after reading activities, assessments complete with graphic organizers, rubrics, and answer keys.

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Included in this plan are:

  • A prereading webquest activity that will give your students information about Linda Sue Park, the book trailer, and Sudan.
  • Background informative text on the economy, government, population and problems of Sudan
  • Chapter organizers that give students the most important information regarding Nya and Salva's storylines in a graphic organizer format
  • A guided reading packet for chapters 1-18; includes comprehension questions, making predictions and drawing conclusions
  • Paired text activity using picture book, My Great-Grandmother's Gourd
  • Review flip book activity - in both hard copy and digital Google Drive format
  • Several review games and worksheets, including Trashketball
  • Assessments include multiple choice, short answer, and extended response questions. Graphic organizers and rubrics are included.
  • Several ideas for after reading activities and projects
  • Answer key

My grade 8 special education students read this book independently but because their levels are so varied, this packet was used with my lower level readers. Students were on a third-fourth grade reading level. 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.

Check out this feedback from happy teachers!

❤️ I love the thoughtfulness - my students are digging deep into a difficult subject with this unit.

❤️ I love how this Unit Plan has everything that is needed for the students. I used the Chapter review as homework and the unit plan for in class. So far it's been a great resource!

❤️ My students were very engaged with reading and answering questions for the novel. Thank you!!

❤️ Just read this book and it's wonderful! Will be using it with a literature group and think these activities are perfect! Thanks!


Resources to support your A Long Walk to Water unit:

Paired Text Using My Great-Grandmother's Gourd Book FREEBIE

Prereading Internet Scavenger Hunt Activity

Chapter Organizers to Support Your Struggling Readers

Digital Novel Unit Plan for Struggling Readers

Digital Flip Book Review Activity

Review Flip Book Activity

Review Game


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Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Total Pages
110 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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