Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Lesson 23


Unit 5

5th Grade

Lesson 23 of 30


Analyze the role poetry plays in the movement, by analyzing details that support the development of theme. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia  — "The Third Thing" and "So"

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

What role does poetry play in the movement? For Cecile? For the sisters? For Fern? 

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Key Questions

  • Describe how Delphine feels about the rally. What descriptive details does the author include? How is this a change from how Delphine initially felt about the rally? 
  • Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern performed Nzila’s poem. What was the significance of the poem? 
  • Fern recites a poem of her own. What was the central message of Fern’s poem? Why was it important? What does it reveal about Fern? Why? 

  • How does Cecile respond to the girls’ performance at the rally? Why?

  • In what ways did Delphine’s relationship with Eunice evolve over the course of the summer? Her relationship with Hirohito? How did both relationships impact her?

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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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