Long Walk to Water: Introduction

Reading comprehension: Connection to: A Long Walk to Water Part 1

Linda Sue Park's short novel, A Long Walk to Water, includes the narrative of two young Sudanese children. Salva Dut, a Lost Boy, narrates the true story of his journey through refugee camps into the creation of his foundation, Water for South Sudan. Nya, a young girl living in contemporary Sudan, reflects on her village's struggle to find water. These lessons bring meaningful connections to contemporary themes of refugees, water, and war and peace. To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections

  • ELA: A Long Walk to Water, What the Text Says 
  • Social Studies: War and Peace, Sudan

Newsela Article

Learning Objective

  • Students will be able to…read and identify central idea, areas of strength and struggles as they read, and questions they may have.

Learning Standard 

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

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