Free 10th Grade A Long Way Gone Lesson Plan (Language Arts)

Topic: Social injustice and exploitation of people in various parts of the world

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the impacts of social injustice and exploitation of people in various parts of the world.


  • Text: A long way gone by Ishmael Beah
  • Copy of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Pen and paper for each student


  • Ask students to share their understanding of social injustice and exploitation. Write their answers on the board.
  • Explain that social injustice is any action or set of actions that cause harm to individuals or groups of people based on their social, economic, or cultural status, while exploitation is the abuse of power or resources for personal gain.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the novel "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah and explain that it is the autobiography of a young boy who grew up during the civil war in Sierra Leone.
  • Discuss the history of the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the role of child soldiers in the conflict.
  • Ask students to take notes as you read from the novel, highlighting key themes and events.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups and give each group a section of the novel to read.
  • Have students work together to retell the section of the novel, highlighting the key themes and events.
  • Have each group share their retelling with the class.

Independent Practice

  • Have students choose one of the key themes or events from the novel that they found particularly interesting or meaningful.
  • Have students write a short essay discussing how the theme or event impacted the character's journey and development.


  • Have students share their essays with the class and discuss the themes and events in light of the character's development.
  • Review the key themes and events in the novel and discuss their overall impact on the character's journey and development.


  • Evaluate students' essays for understanding of the character's development and the key themes and events in the novel.

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