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A Teacher’s Guide for Grades 5-7:

Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons is the story of thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, and her emotional journey across country to discover the fate of her beloved, and missing, mother. We chose this novel for its thoughtful attention to some powerful social and emotional themes: loss, family, friendship, perseverance, and bravery. Students will find themselves relating to and being inspired by Sal’s story; this curriculum will help students build connections between Sal’s touching life and journey and their own.

Salamanca Tree Hiddle is a thirteen-year-old girl who grows up in Bybanks, Kentucky. Sal moves with her father to Euclid, Ohio after her mother, Sugar, leaves on a trip and never comes back.

In this novel, two story lines run parallel. First, Sal and her grandparents drive from Ohio to Idaho and re-create Sugar’s journey across America. Second, during the road-trip, Sal tells her grandparents about her life in Euclid, especially about the mystery surrounding her friend Phoebe, the disappearance of Phoebe’s mother, and “the lunatic.”

The story is heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion, and through it, we learn about Sal, her life and feelings, and what actually happened to Sal’s mother.

Author:  Sharon Creech

Our Reading with Relevance teacher’s guide breaks the novel into a series of thoughtful lesson plans. Each lesson is designed to support you to meaningfully explore the social and emotional themes of the day’s reading with your students, inspiring them to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter.

This teacher’s guide includes:

  • A facilitator’s guide with tips and resources for implementing the curriculum.
  • A map of Common Core Standards addressed through this program.
  • Sixteen individual lesson plans, including vocabulary, discussion questions, journal prompts, extension activities, and all handouts.
  • Two assessments to monitor student progress throughout the program.
  • Regular checkpoints to help teachers assess their students’ progress on ELA standards.
  • A culminating essay-writing unit.
  • An appendix with additional teaching resources and activities to continue exploring this novel.

Pages: 100
Dimensions: 8.5” x 11”



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