Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Lesson 20


Unit 5

5th Grade

Lesson 20 of 31


Analyze the ways in which the sisters and Cecile are changing.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia  — "Eating Crow," "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Moveable Type"

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Target Task

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In what ways are Delphine and Cecile changing? What is causing the change? Give specific examples for both Delphine and Cecile.

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Key Questions

  • How does Cecile respond to Delphine’s decision that they wouldn’t be returning to the center? Why does she respond that way? 
  • How is the relationship between the sisters beginning to change? Why? 
  • What does the phrase “eating crow” mean? Why was Delphine “eating crow”? 
  • How did Delphine’s perception of Eunice change during their conversation? Why? 
  • How does rehearsing the poem influence Vonetta? Cecile? Delphine? Why does the author include this scene?
  • How is Cecile and Delphine’s relationship evolving? Why?

  • What is the significance of Cecile’s poem, “Movable Type”?

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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).

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