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Examining the Journey of A Long Walk to Water

April 24 - May 26, 2023


Grade 5 - 8



Skills Learned:

Close reading
Guided reading
Character study
Plot mapping
Persuasive writing


Classtimes will be coordinated between the Lead Teacher and Partner Teacher

Session Length:

April 24 - May 26, 2023

Number of Sessions:

2 of 2


Course Program:

This course, built around the novel A Long Walk to Water, is designed to build skills in persuasive writing while examining the universal human right to safe and reliable drinking water. Through the story of Salva Dut and the Lost Boys of South Sudan, students will explore the journey of the protagonist through the hardships of forced migration, including creating a heart map and character studies for the novel. The final project includes study of the skills of persuasive writing in order to craft appeal letters for organizations doing good out in the world. An optional walk for water activity is included.

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Susannah Remillard

Susannah Remillard is a middle school teacher at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, teaching sixth grade language arts and seminar classes on sustainability and restorative agriculture. She runs the Roots and Shoots Club at her school and manages the three sisters garden. In 2019, she completed a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching at Victoria University in Wellington, NZ, including a capstone on the importance of teaching difficult history and indigneous narratives and a TEDx on the same topic. She completed National Geographic Educator certification focusing on stories of immigration and works with the Qatar Foundation and Thinker Analytix as a teacher leader. Her teaching practice has been featured by First Book in its Empowering Educators Series on Antibias and Antiracist classroom practices.

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