Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Lesson 3


Unit 5

5th Grade

Lesson 3 of 31


Analyze how Delphine’s point of view influences the way events are described and what Delphine wants a reader to understand about her sisters and Cecile.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia  — "Green Stucco House" and "Mean Lady Ming"

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

One Crazy Summer is told from Delphine’s point of view. How does this influence the way events and characters are described? What emotions are emphasized? 

Based on the first few chapters, what does Delphine want a reader to understand about her relationship with her sisters and Cecile?

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Key Questions

  • Based on Big Ma’s descriptions, how did Delphine and the girls envision where Cecile lived. 
  • Did Big Ma’s description of Cecile and her house match with reality? Why or why not? 
  • Read the sentences from p. 29. “I didn’t want to say Big Ma was right. Cecile was no kind of mother. Cecile didn’t want us. Cecile was crazy. I didn’t have to.” Why does Delphine come to this conclusion? Does she share it with her sisters? Why or why not? 
  • Describe the dynamic between the three sisters. 
  • How does Cecile respond when Delphine, Fern, and Vonetta ask her for food? What does this show about her? How do the girls respond? Do they all have the same response? 

  • On p. 37 Delphine says, “I made up my mind about Oakland. There was nothing and no one in all of Oakland to like.” Why does Delphine come to this conclusion? 




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Common Core Standards

  • 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.5.6 — Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

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