Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Lesson 18


Unit 5

5th Grade

Lesson 18 of 30


Compare and contrast the narrator’s views and understanding of the revolution with Delphine
and her sisters’ and explain what Delphine and her sisters could learn from the narrator.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  — pp.302-305, 308-312, 317-320

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Compare and contrast the narrator’s views and understanding of the revolution with Delphine and her sisters’.
What could Delphine and her sisters learn from the narrator? Why?

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Key Questions

  • "Power to the People" - How do the actions of Angela Davis both inspire and challenge the narrator and her sister? 

  • "Say it Loud" - Read the sentence from the poem. "I don't understand the revolution." What does the narrator not understand? Why?

  • "The Revolution" - What does the narrator think of when she hears the word "revolution"? How does it inspire her? 

  • "A Writer" - Why does the narrator think that the revolution is so far away from her? Ms. Vivo keeps repeating the idea that the narrator is a writer. What message is she trying to send the narrator about her role in the revolution? 

  • "What I Believe" - How does the speaker of the poem refelct on her understanding and role in the revolution? 

  • "Each World" - What message is the narrator trying to convey in the poem "Each World"? Why? 

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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.5.9 — Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

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