A Long Walk to Water – Due Friday 2/19

We have used signposts to help understand the different tools authors use in stories. You should have a copy of them in your homework binder.

Assignment: You will finish reading the book this week, including the letter from Salva and the author’s note. During your reading, pay special attention to any signposts you find. Respond to this post by sharing one of the signposts you found (page number) along with the answer to the accompanying question. You might identify the same signposts as another reader, but your response to the question should be different, so be sure to read all posts before you submit yours.

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23 Responses to A Long Walk to Water – Due Friday 2/19

  1. Olivia says:

    The signpost I found was “Words of the Wiser.” It was found on page 110, it was “A step at a time. One problem at a time–just figure out this one problem.” These were wise words because when Salva thought of it, he was able to reach his goal every time he was overwhelmed with problems.

  2. EIRIK says:

    One of the sign posts that I found was a big memory moment. It was on page #93. The flight attendant asked him if he wanted Coco-cola or orange juice. As soon as he heard the option of Coco cola, he flashed back in memory. He remembered his dad buying his family a bottle of it. He stammered “C-C-Coca-cola please.” If I were Salva, I wouldn’t be able to wrap my head around it. “I’m getting Coca-cola for free!?” “And all to myself!?” I would have been amazed after living in a life of such pain and horror.

  3. texas says:

    The signpost I found was again and again on page 109-110 when Salva’s uncle said “One step at a time, One problem at a time. Just figure out this one problem”. I think its also a Words of the wiser, because it sticks with him anytime he has a problem. He thinks about what his uncle said to him before he died.

  4. Sadie Baker says:

    I found a words of the wiser on page 110. It was Salva’s uncle’s way to get him through the desert, and soon after life. “A step at a time. One problem at a time-just figure out this one problem”. The message was take life slowly one step at a time.

  5. Jake says:

    The signpost I found is Contrast and Contradictions. On page 80, when he crosses the river filled with crocodiles he becomes the leader of 1,500 boys walking to Kenya. This is sign of character development. He had been shy and scared and at the back of the pack. Now with his Uncle gone, he knows he must be strong to survive.

  6. Palmer says:

    My signpost is a memory moment. When the lady asked if he wanted a Coca-Cola. It said, “Coca-Cola! Long ago, Salva’s father had once brought a few bottles of Coca-Cola back from his trip from the market. Salva’s first taste had been startling-all those bubbles jumping around in his mouth! What a rare treat it had been.”


  7. Beatrice says:

    My signpost that I found as a tough question. On page 110 Salva started to think that maybe he couldn’t turn idea (helping anther people in Sudan) into reality. He ended turning it into reality because on page 115 he was the leader of the water digging group fro Nya’s tribe.

  8. Scout says:

    My sigh post is a tough question: “What if I get there to late?”

    But that question gets answer when he sees his father!!!!

    P.S This is one of the best books I have read! Thank you Ms.McMinn for
    Letting read this book it was amazing
    Thank you a lot
    -Scout Snook.

  9. joseph says:

    The signpost was on page 93. It was a memory moment. The plane attendant asked Salva, Coca-Cola or Orange juice? That made Salva remember when Salvas dad got Coca-Cola from the store. And he picked Coca-Cola. He enjoyed very much!

  10. Alex says:

    The signpost that I found was on page 93. It was a memory moment. The flight attendant asked Salva if he wanted cocoa cola or orange juice.It made Salva remember his first time trying cocoa cola with his family. That memory is important because it reminds Salva of happier times before the war broke out.

  11. Kaylee says:

    On page 93 I found a memory moment. On the plane the woman asked if he wanted Coca-Cola or Orange juice? It triggered something in his memory. Long ago, Salva’s father had once brought a few bottles of Coca-Cola from his trip to share with his family. Each sip he took on the plane reminded him of his family. That was the signpost I found.

  12. Evan says:

    The signpost I found was on page #94. My sign post was tough questions The tough question was: “What if my new family isn’t there?” I found more tough questions on the same page like: “What if they changed their mind? What they meet me and don’t like me?

  13. Drake says:

    I found a memory moment on page#93. Salva was on the plane and the plane attendant asked him if he would like a Coca-Cola. He remembered his dad getting some from the store. This is important because he loved it. He took it. It was a good start to the U.S.

  14. Tara says:

    The signpost I found was a contrast and contradiction. I found it on page 114 and 115.
    The contrast and contradiction was when Salva was helping the Nuer tribe build the well and the school, however he was from the Dinka tribe. The question for a contrast and contradiction is: “Why is the character doing that?” I think the answer is that Salva knows what it feels like to not have water so he wants to help. Also I think he feels that all kids should have the chance to go to school and get an education.

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