Belonging to a Movement: One Crazy Summer

Lesson 7


Unit 5

5th Grade

Lesson 7 of 30


Debate if Cecile’s actions show that she truly cares for Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern and she just doesn’t know how to show it. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia  — "Glass of Water" and "Inseparable"

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Cecile’s actions show that she truly cares for Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern; she just doesn’t know how to show it. Agree or disagree. 

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Key Questions

  • Describe what happened when Fern asks for a glass of water. What can we learn about Cecile, Delphine, and Fern from this interaction? Why? Why does the author include this scene? 

  • Why does Cecile call Fern “Little Girl”? How does it make Fern feel? Why?

  • “Then I put on my ‘talking to white folks’ voice and said, ‘Can you get her a glass of cold water?’’ What does she mean by her “talking to white folks voice”? Why would she need a different voice when talking to white people?

  • At the end of the chapter, Delphine states that Big Ma had been right about Cecile. Explain why. 

  • How do the sisters respond to Cecile sending them to the center for breakfast? Why do they respond that way? 

  • Contrast Cecile’s attitude toward Miss Patty Cake with Fern’s. 

  • Why is the chapter called “Inseparable”? 

  • How does Delphine react when her sisters say they want to go home? Why does she react this way? 

  • How do both chapters help a reader develop a deeper understanding of Delphine and the role she plays with her sisters? Explain. 




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Common Core Standards

  • L.5.3.b — Compare and contrast the varieties of English (e.g., dialects, registers) used in stories, dramas, or poems.
  • 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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