Walking Home (digital companion)

by Eric Walters

Every journey, no matter how, starts with one step
Eric Walters "Walking Home" coverEvery journey, no matter how, starts with one step

Chapter 1

1. Create a list of 3-5 questions you have about the opening of the novel.

2. Journal: Describe a time that you were afraid or lost something.
*post your responses on your blog

Chapter 2

1. Explain the quote, "I wished I were young enough to forget."

2. Journal: Choose 1 of the following.
a) Describe a time you had to leave something behind.
b) Describe a time when you felt trapped.

3. Read the digital companion. How do the articles and the author's notes contribute to your understanding of the story? Be specific.

Chapter 3

1. Explain how storytelling is important for making connections to the past.

2. Journal: Describe a time when you wanted to do something but felt that you couldn't. Explain.

Chapter 4

1. Make a prediction about what you think will happen in the story.

2. What songs, sounds, smells etc. bring your mind to something familiar? Do they connect to specific memories? Explain.

3. Journal: What is something that you didn't want to do but knew it would be good for you?

Chapter 5

1. Imagine you and your family are living in the camp. How do you feel? What are you thinking?

Chapter 6

Reflect on the novel.
  • What questions do you have?
  • Have you made any connections?
  • Share your thoughts. Are you enjoying the story?

Chapter 7

1. Explain the quote, "Sometimes friends agree not to mention things."

2. Journal: How do friends help you get through difficult times?

Chapter 8

1. What is something that you are looking forward to? What do you need do to prepare? How does it make you feel?

Chapter 9

1. Explain the following quotations:
a) "misery loved company"
b) "you cannot fight evil by becoming evil"

Chapter 10

Choose a Literature Circle activity to complete. See Language page for detailed instructions.

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Imagine you are going on a long journey and could not return home. What things would be essential for you take with you? How would you feel as you prepared for this trip?

Chapter 13

Free write.

Chapter 14

1. What are some of the strategies you use to overcome challenges?

2. "I will sleep close to my herd, and you can sleep close to yours." What do you think the meaning of "herd" is? Who is in your "herd"? Why?

Chapter 15

1. What advice would you give Muchoki and Jata?

2. How do you think they are feeling at this stage of their trip?

Chapter 16

1. Explain the quote: "The hurt of one finger is a hurt of the whole body."

2. Respond to one of the media items in the digital companion.

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

1. Describe a memory that is often triggered by a sensual experience.

2. Why does Muchoki say, "There was only one way: we had to follow the string."