A Long Walk to Water

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The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

Curriculet Details
23 Questions
26 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in sixth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining life in Sudan (specifically for "The Lost Boys"), textual evidence, and metaphor. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about imagery and personification. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of plot, structure, and characters. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Sometimes an author tells two different stories, and they connect somewhere throughout the book. Pay attention to see if these two stories connect. 
An onomatopoeia is a word whose sound suggests its meaning. Which of the following words from this page is an example of onomatopoeia? 
Sudan is located in Northern Africa. In 1985, the country was involved in a civil war. If the boys would have returned home, they could have been killed or recruited to fight in the war. (This annotation contains an image)


A simile is a comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as." Which of the following sentences contains an example of a simile? 
Think about how frightened Salva must feel. He is away from home, separated from his family, and surrounded by rebel soldiers. 
What might have caused the people to leave Salva behind even though he was from their village? 


Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Which of the following is the best description of how Salva must be feeling right now? 
In the picture below, you can see the scars mentioned in the text. The boys' foreheads were cut in order to attain the scars. (This annotation contains an image)


You can tell how others in the group are feeling about taking Salva along with them. What would likely happen to Salva if they chose not to take him? 
Below is a short video explaining how the honey guide helps honey badgers and people find honey. It was very lucky for this group that Buska knew how to follow the honey guide! (This annotation contains a video)


Which of the following is not a problem faced by Nya's village? 
Even though he has no idea if they are alive or not, Salva still tries to search for his family. 
Which of the following is not a problem Salva is facing? 


This picture is similar to how Nya has to get the water for her family. The clay is wet, and holds water, but as you can see here, the water is very dirty. (This annotation contains an image)
Salva's uncle shares the meat with everyone, even though he does not have to. What can you infer about him based on this action? 
Quiz #1 
When the text states that, "A cold fist seemed to grip Salva's heart," there is not an actual fist grabbing his heart. The author is comparing his fear to a fist. Since this comparison is made without the use of "like" or "as," it is a metaphor. 


How does Salva feel now that the incident with Marial has taken place? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
Below is an image that shows boats similar to those that Salva's group made to cross the Nile River. Would you have felt safe in such a boat? (This annotation contains an image)


A simile is a comparison using "like" or "as." Which of the following lines contains a simile? 
Imagery is when an author paints a picture with words using the five senses. After watching the short video clip below, look for more imagery as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer based on the highlighted line? 


Salva's shoes would have looked similar to these. Imagine crossing a hot desert in these. (This annotation contains an image)
The man is telling the woman that she cannot save the men, yet she is giving them some of her water anyway, possibly endangering herself. Which of the following does not describe the woman? 


Nya doesn't seem too confident that the men know what they are doing since she has never known there to be water at this location. Will they really find water here? 
What is Uncle trying to tell Salva in the highlighted lines? 
What a terrible situation to be in. They are completely helpless and at the mercy of these awful people. Does this remind you of any other time in history when people were treated this way? 


What has happened to Salva's uncle? Please refer to the text to check your answer. 
The picture below is from the refugee camp at Itang. (This annotation contains an image)


The highlighted lines are an example of which of the following?  
Notice that the author has skipped six years, and that Salva is now 17-years-old. He has been living in the refugee camp all along. Unfortunately, now everyone is being forced to leave the camp. 
Quiz #2 


The choice the men and boys are faced with is whether to jump in the water with the crocodiles, or be shot by the soldiers with the guns. What a horrible choice to have to make! (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following qualities does notmake Salva a good leader? 
Salva was responsible for the safe arrival of over 1,200 boys! He made a huge impact on their lives. 


What do the highlighted lines reveal about Salva? 
The International Rescue Committee worked to relocate some of these young men to the United States in order for them to have more opportunities for better lives. 
How has Salva changed from the beginning of the story until this point? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 


What is the structure of the highlighted paragraph? 
When an author gives a human quality to an inanimate object, he or she is using personification. Watch the short video clip below. How has the author used personification in the highlighted line? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following lines is the best example of a simile? 


Salva is noticing many differences between his former home and America. 
Why is the fact that Salva has found his father such a surprise? 


Think about how excited Nya is to learn that she is going to be able to go to school for the first time since she no longer has to travel to fetch water every day. 
Which of the following is not a problem that Salva is facing? 
What kind of project might Salva be planning? How might he help the people of his home land? 


The new well in Nya's village was similar the the one pictured below. Consider how much it changed their lives to have fresh, clean water available to them right in their village. (This annotation contains an image)
Look at the picture below, and then answer the question that follows the picture. (This annotation contains an image)
Look at the picture on this page. It is the man who is digging the well in Nya's village. What inferences you make about the man? Who might he be? 
The video below tells a little more about Salva and the Water for South Sudan project. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz #3