Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Lesson 22


Unit 5

5th Grade

Lesson 22 of 30


Determine a theme of a story from details in the text.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia  — "I Birthed a Nation," "Stores of the No Sayers" and "Glorious Hill"

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Read the following details from the text below. 

Mrs. Woods said, “We know the same things. We have to stick together.” 

“Sister Mukumbu said we should stay with her until Nzila was released.” 

“Black, white, Mexican, or Chinese. Big stores, little stores. Some shook their heads north and south, some shook their heads east and west.” 

“My sisters, Cecile, and I would eat egg rolls, white rice, bean pies, and fried fish before we spent another penny in the stores of the no sayers.” 

The details above support the development of what theme? What other details from earlier in the text also support the development of the theme? 

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Key Questions

  • What do the girls learn about Cecile as they clean up the kitchen? Why? 
  • What influence does the poem “I Birthed a Nation” have on the girls? Why? 
  • On p. 178, Mrs. Woods said, “We know the same things. We have to stick together.” What does she mean by this? What does this show about the value of community? 
  • According to Sister Mukumbu, why was Cecile arrested? 
  • Describe what happened when Delphine and the other kids from the center went into the community to hang fliers. In what ways did the experience influence the girls? 
  • Based on the events of this chapter, has Delphine’s perspective on the Black Panther movement changed? Defend why or why not.
  • For the first time, Delphine is able to truly let go and act her age. Agree or disagree.

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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.

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