This activity is meant to be used as a way to create mood and analyze it in the novel, A Long Walk to Water. In using this slide show, it allows the students to “feel” with the protagonist in the novel as he battles the dangers of the Gilo River -crocodiles and bullets! Clicking on the soldier, will open up the video creating the atmosphere for this lesson. Also, I included literary devices that could be reviewed. As a follow-up, questions are also included and could be used as a bell-ringer forthe next class or homework for that evening.
My motivation for creating this activity was to have students go back to their elementary days where they would sit on the carpet and experience the story with the characters. When we get to this part of the book (p. 77), students bring their books and highlighters to the carpet or couch and huddle together as I play the ambient sounds of gunfire and pouring rain. Then, I read Salva’s encounter in the Gilo River. This is just a great way to intensify a chapter’s reading.