This unit is the culmination of the study of Linda Sue Park’s novel A Long Walk to Water and informational texts about Southern Sudan in Units 1 and 2. Students will be pulling textual evidence from the novel and informational texts to create a two-voice poem. The poem will feature the voices of the two main characters in the novel, Salva and Nya. The mid- and end of unit assessments will prepare students for the Final Performance Task by having them look at the author’s craft using juxtaposition to illustrate the two personalities and organize their thoughts before beginning work on their poems.
In preparation for creating their poems, students will also examine models of two-voice poems. Once the poems are written, they will be shared with an audience of their classmates or others beyond their classroom. Teachers will assess the finished poems using a rubric adapted from the NYS Grade 6–8 Expository Writing Evaluation Rubric.