Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Lesson 11


Unit 5

5th Grade

Lesson 11 of 30


Compare and contrast Cecile and Delphine’s point of view on the significance of names.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia  — "Crazy Mother Mountain" and "Everyone Knows the King of the Sea"

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Compare and contrast Cecile and Delphine’s point of view on the significance of names. 

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Key Questions

  • Why does Delphine refer to her mother as “The crazy mother mountain”? 
  • Explain the significance of Inzilla and why Cecile chose to be called Inzilla. 
  • How do Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern respond to Cecile’s explanation of her name and the role of names in her life? 
  • How does Cecile respond to all of the girls’ questions? What does her response show about the time period in which the story takes place? 

  • Delphine has very strong feelings about her name. Describe how she feels about names and where those feelings come from. What causes her to change the way she feels about her name? Why does the author include this scene? 

  • How might the chapter be different if it were told from Cecile’s point of view? 

  • How does Delphine’s point of view influence the way events are described? What emotions are emphasized?

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.5.3 — Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
  • RL.5.6 — Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

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