Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Lesson 14


Unit 5

5th Grade

Lesson 14 of 30


Defend if Cecile is or is not becoming more sympathetic of Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia  — "Big Red S," "China Who" and "Expert Colored Counting"

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Cecile is becoming more sympathetic of Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern. 

What scenes does the author include to either support or contradict this statement? 

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Key Questions

  • How does Cecile respond to Delphine being in her kitchen? Are her actions in line with the ways she has previously treated Delphine? Defend why or why not.

  • Is Delphine maturing? Defend why or why not using evidence from the text.

  • Explain the significance of the chapter title, “Big Red S.”

  • In what ways is Delphine prejudice against other races and people? How did it make her feel to be called out on her prejudice? Why?

  • Why does Delphine refer to Cecile as the Establishment? What are the sisters trying to protest?




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Common Core Standards

  • RL.5.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
  • 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.5.5 — Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

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