Long Way Down Unit Bundle


Engage your students with an exciting verse novel study of Jason Reynolds’ book “Long Way Down”! This novel study includes activities for before, during, and after reading the book!

This will be your students’ FAVORITE unit of the school year! As you read Long Way Down, your students will appreciate poetry, learn how to analyze symbols, and keep a visual diagram of their understanding of the book.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Novel introduction stations
  • Symbolism analysis stations
  • Literary analysis with sticky notes
  • Reading mind map activity
  • Final argument essay
  • Final novel test (and a digital, self-grading version)

Your students will love listening to the book as they create visual mind maps representing Will’s journey. They will enjoy getting up out of their seats to actively participate in the station activities. They’ll be engaged in high-level analysis activities all unit long!

Prep is quick and easy… Just print the student pages, gather the materials listed, and you’re ready for a fun and engaging class!


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Michelle M. says, “I was so grateful for this resource when I stumbled upon it last year. And then to see if updated and being able to have the final test through Forms was awesome. It kept my students on track this year as we got pushed to digital learning days due to smoke in our region during our first few weeks of school. I also appreciated the step by step Final Essay guide. It was exactly what I needed to help my sophomores through some writing specifically tied to Long Way Down.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sierra L. says, “The Mind Map Activity was my students’ favorite activity of the whole unit. They loved being able to bring in their creative side to this! Thank you!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brandie C. says, “This unit is very well organized and all the assignments are engaging and interactive. My students loved the literary analysis with sticky notes activity as did I. It was great to see everyone actively engaging and even helping each other. I also really enjoyed the argumentative essay set up. It is a great unit will many helpful ideas to help students dive deeper into the book and really get the analysis that we want from them as teachers.


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