B. Juxtaposition: Partner Practice and Debrief (15 minutes)
Note: Expect students to need more support for Questions 4 and 5; depending on your class, it may make sense to deal with those questions as a whole group.
- Give specific positive praise for ways you hear students thinking about author’s craft. Tell them that they are ready to dive back into analyzing one specific instance of juxtaposition. Just as they will do tomorrow, today they will take one example and notice what comparisons and contrasts the author draws. They will also consider how these comparisons help Park convey a message.
- Distribute the Juxtaposition Practice handout and direct students to Chapter 13 in A Long Walk to Water.
- Ask students to locate a Discussion Appointment partner to work with to answer these questions.
- After students are settled with their partners, give them time to work while you circulate and confer. Listen for common misconceptions and ask students questions that help them analyze author craft, such as:
* “Why do you think Park wanted to show Salva as a teenager and as an adult?”
* “What specific words does Park repeat in the two descriptions?”
* “Why does she do that?”
- During the share, write correct answer(s) up on the board or screen and encourage students to revise their work if it is not correct. Identify strengths in students’ analysis. Make sure to explain and address any major misconceptions you noticed as you circulated.
The author juxtaposes Salva in two roles. Which two roles does she juxtapose? (leader of Lost Boys and crew leader of well crew)
How does this juxtaposition help you compare Salva as a boy with Salva as an adult? What does this comparison suggest about what allowed him to survive? (Salva encourages a group to move forward one step at a time; Salva is patient but determined; persistence and not giving up are important in both circumstances.)
How does adding Nya to Salva’s story help Park better show why these traits allowed Salva to survive?
a. How does having Nya as a character make it possible for Park to compare Salva as a boy and as an adult? (Nya sees Salva in his role as crew leader; this allows another character to observe and report on these traits.)
b. To what extent do these traits also help Nya? (Nya is also persistent. She keeps getting water even though it is hard. She is not a leader in the way that Salva is, though.)
4. How does juxtaposition help you compare the characters of Salva and Nya? (It is easier to notice similarities and differences when scenes are next to each other.)
5. Why might Park use two characters to convey her messages about survival in Sudan, and not just one?
(It allows her to weave patterns, shows how similar situations can affect characters, shows the experience of a broader range of people, gives the reader two possible chances to emotionally connect, and shows that survival can look more than one way.)
- As students leave, ask them to turn their papers in so you can add any additional feedback to ensure their success on the Mid-Unit 3 Assessment.