Walkabout Novel Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Racism, cultural intolerance and stereotypes are all themes explored in Walkabout by James Vance Marshall. Students will read two lessons, answer discussion questions, analyze characters and quotes and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Analyze the characters, quotes and theme of Walkabout
  • Explain how lack of communication exacerbates racial tension
  • Discuss desegregation and racism in the 1950s

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.10

By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Vocabulary Terms

  • Walkabout
  • Rite of passage
  • Australian Outback
  • Xenophobia
  • Desegregated
  • Indigenous
  • Pivotal

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