Long Walk to Water: Writing

Connection: Long Walk to Water - Written response

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…express in writing connections they make between A Long Walk to Water and the article addressing life in a refugee camp. Students understand how the author’s purpose affects how they write, compare the examples.

  • This lesson should be used in conjunction with A Long Walk to Water after the students are at least half way through the book.
  • Direct tie to compare page 66 - This is the section Salva has just gotten to the refugee camp and the author is describing what he sees.
  • This section will also connect to the text set for A Long Walk to Water.

Learning Standard

Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

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