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A Long Walk to Water - Empathy and Social Justice Through Story

Fact and fiction are woven together to explore the lives of two children in South Sudan, separated by time and circumstance.
Johanna England Chavez, LMSW
371 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 14 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

The plight of refugee people is very close to my heart. After completing an undergraduate degree in anthropology, I had the privilege of interning with a refugee resettlement agency in Houston, TX. This experience moved me to obtain my graduate degree in social work. It also changed my perspective completely and created a sense of gratitude in me that I long to share with students. 

As an undergraduate, I also completed a minor in English literature and creative writing. Reading is one of the great loves of my life and I find such pleasure in sharing it with children. Literature can provide a vast educational  experience beyond the joy of the reading itself. A great novel exposes readers to history, culture and strong social messages. It is my mission as a language arts teacher to teach children to look beyond the obvious in books and mine all of the richness they have to offer. 
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The instructor will provide curriculum for the course. Students will need a copy of A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, access to a printer and a binder to store their work in.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Both of the novel’s protagonists must overcome obstacles to survive that may shock sensitive children. However, the payoff for sticking with the story is empowerment to become a change maker. 


Johanna England Chavez, LMSWBehavioral Health Professional and Certified Book Nerd
371 total reviews
895 completed classes

About Me

Welcome! I am a clinically trained master social worker, with 20 years of experience in health and mental healthcare. As a school based social worker, I taught classes and provided counseling for middle and high school students. I have also... 
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