Walk Two Moons Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Guide your middle school students through Sal's emotional journey in 'Walk Two Moons' using this unit plan. Resources are provided to help you engage students in analyzing literary elements, reviewing the novel, and creating projects.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Use this unit plan to help your middle school aged students experience the journey along with Sal and her grandparents in Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons. Set the stage with a lesson about grief and an introduction to journal writing. Explore various literary elements, including setting, character, plot, and theme. Wrap up the novel by reviewing the content through both comprehension and discussion questions. Lastly, challenge students to complete an in-depth project based on their experience with the book.

Setting the Stage

Sal grieves the loss of her mother and her grandmother in Walk Two Moons. Frame the novel by using this Stages of Grief Lesson Plan. Although targeted for high school students, it can be slightly modified for use with middle schoolers, as well. Consider having students create an organizer with the stages of grief labeled. As you read, they can record notes and quotes that show which stage Sal is currently experiencing.

A focus on journaling in this novel study can be two-pronged. First, journal writing can be an excellent tool for understanding and responding to a novel. Additionally, personal journal writing can help when someone faces a difficult time, like Sal does in the novel. Focus on this concept by using this Journal Writing Lesson Plan for Middle School. Then, discuss with students the usefulness of the tool in helping people cope with life's ups and downs. Engage them in the novel by providing journal opportunities throughout the novel to respond to characters, events, and themes.

Literary Elements

Introduce the essential literary elements of setting, character, plot, and theme using this Literary Elements Lesson Plan. Laying the foundation for the novel in this manner can set students up with a clear framework for understanding. Consider using tracking organizers so students can jot down information about each element. Revisit the organizers throughout the novel.

Setting and Character

Focus on setting and discuss how the setting of this novel is important. Use one of these lesson plans to introduce the concept:

Incorporate some Setting Activities & Games to get students more engaged in applying the concept and provide them a chance to interact with one another in meaningful ways.

While Sal is the primary character, this novel is full of other colorful characters including her grandparents, her father, Margaret Cadaver, and her friend Phoebe Winterbottom. Use this Characterization Lesson Plan to introduce or review the concept of character development. Since Phoebe is introduced indirectly in Sal's retelling to her grandparents during their road trip, it can be helpful to delve more deeply into indirect characterization specifically. Use this Indirect Characterization Lesson Plan to do just that.

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