Integrated Task – South Sudan

Rationale – The students recently completed the novel A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (herein referred to as “the novel”). The story traces the struggles of two children in South Sudan – one real and one fictional. The goal of the integrated task is for students to analyze the factors of influence by reading informational text and making connections to the story they read. [For those students who have not read the story, it would greatly benefit them to have lunch in Mr D’s room this week as the audio book will be playing.]

Integrated Task Outcomes

Each individual student will write an essay with two components. One, a description of how EACH of the factors affect the people of South Sudan. Second, a persuasive section wherein the student takes a position or makes a claim as to which factor has the most influence. The essay will also integrate data from math and science.

Each individual student will create a graph with data that supports their claim.

Each group will create a visual display that highlights the essential question. Directions and rubrics to come later.

Each individual student will prepare for a series of Socratic Seminars, wherein they will have the opportunity to discuss their position and claim of the most influential of the factors.

Daily Routine – each day will be separated into a morning session and an afternoon session. Students will check into 1st and 4th periods for attendance before reporting to their groups. There will be a requirement for each student to make a journal entry at the end of each session. It will be included in the grading rubric.

Copy of Task Schedule 2017

Task Rubric


March 1st a.m. 

  • Introduction and group assignments
  • Reading assignments – each group will read the articles linked below and discuss any new discoveries or connections they made to the novel, and which of the factors of influence can be connected to the article. A timer will be set. You will read for approximately 20 minutes and discuss for 10 minutes. Some will be reading hard copies. All students will have notebook paper available to jot down new information, connections to the novel, or concepts and vocabulary they may have questions about.
  • Learning Journal Entry  Learning Journal Sample    Learning Journal attachment sample

Articles to Read:

Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War

Old Enmities in the Newest Nation – Fighting in South Sudan

Sudan’s Civil War (The Lost Boys of Sudan)

South Sudan: Colonialism’s Dead Hand

Brief Description of the Berlin Conference

Life During Imperialism

“Guns, Germs and Steel”: Jared Diamond on Geography as Power

Darfur Conflict and Climate Change

Roots of Sudanese Conflict

Long Run Effects of Scramble for Africa

Loss of Cattle Leaves Dinka Tribe Adrift

South Sudan: Cattle, Cash and Friction

Water Scarcity Root of Darfur Conflict

Water Crisis in South Sudan

Humanitarian Crisis: The Horn of Africa

Overcoming Challenges Drilling in South Sudan

Getting Water for South Sudan Camps

Climate of Sudan

The Nuer Tribe

The Dinka Tribe


Math Portion of the Integrated Unit.docx   Primarily economic information  A lot of data listed by country.  In order to create a comparative graph you would need to research each country you are comparing separately.  Geographical Statistics by country.  If you want to compare geographical data to prove a point about a factor of influence you would need to look up and record several different countries in order to provide good statistical data.

You may choose to use any other reputable site you find. Or,try some of these links….

Climate Change Knowledge Portal

South Sudan Ministry of Meteorology

South Sudan Dashboard

Weather Data for Juba, Sudan (extreme South Sudan)

Long Run Effects of Scramble for Africa

Death Tolls in War Zones

Africa Check Fact Sheet

The UN Refugee Agency

Clean Water Access from

Visual Display Options

Group Visual Display Newspaper

Group Visual Display Scrapbook

Group Visual Display Museum of Natural History



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