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One Crazy Summer Book Club Focused on Point of View

One Crazy Summer Book Club Focused on Point of View

Follow eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters as they travel from Brooklyn to Oakland, California to meet the mother who abandoned them. With dreams of Disneyland and Tinker Bell, the summer’s reality changes when their mother enrolls the girls in a day camp run by the Black Panthers.

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Focus on how the author uses perspective to tell the story of a pivotal time in America’s history. The mini lessons included in this Book Club resource set make it easy to engage readers as they learn about perspective through the eyes of a character who could be one of their classmates.

This Newberry Honor book won the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award Finalist.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 6 book club meetings focused on Point of View
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Follow eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters as they travel from Brooklyn to Oakland, California to meet the mother who abandoned them. With dreams of Disneyland and Tinker Bell, the summer’s reality changes when their mother enrolls the girls in a day camp run by the Black Panthers.

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Focus on how the author uses perspective to tell the story of a pivotal time in America’s history. The mini lessons included in this Book Club resource set make it easy to engage readers as they learn about perspective through the eyes of a character who could be one of their classmates.

This Newberry Honor book won the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award Finalist.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 6 book club meetings focused on Point of View
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club resources

The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for point of view, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to One Crazy Summer Book Club.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is told in the first person point of view. Throughout this Book Club, students will use their Reader's Notebook to keep track of point of view to better understand what a character thinks and feels.

This One Crazy Summer Book Club focuses on understanding the narrator's point of view by looking at her words and actions. Students will keep track of their thinking in their Reader's Notebook.

Sometimes a character's point of view is skewed by their attitude. In One Crazy Summer, author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story for Delphine's perspective. Students will discuss how her perspective may be clouded by what other characters say about her and the way they treat her.

When reading One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, it is important to realize that the narrator's point of view influences the reader. This Book Club meeting focuses on finding examples from the text of how Delphine guides the reader's impressions of the other characters.

Discussion for this One Crazy Summer Book Club meeting encourages readers to think about ways that Rita Williams-Garcia uses the narrator of the story to influence the reader's opinion.

As the One Crazy Summer Book Club concludes, students are asked to take what they have learned about point of view and use it in their own writing. They are encouraged to write from their own perspective and share what is important to them.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with point of view.
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Book Title:
One Crazy Summer
Book Author:
Rita Williams-Garcia
Grade Level:
6
Genre(s):
Historical Fiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
W
DRA Level:
60
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Theme(s):
History, Back to School, Black History Month, Summer, Relationship Skills
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Common Core Alignment: RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.6.7, RL.6.9, RL.6.10, W.6.8, W.6.9, SL.6.1a, SL.6.1b, SL.6.1c, L.6.6, L.6.4a, L.6.5
Vocabulary Connections: L.6.6, L.6.4a, L.6.5
TEKS Alignment: 6.3A, 6.3B, 6.3C, 6.4, 6.6A, 6.6B, 6.6C, 6.8, 6.9, 6.26A, 6.27, 6.28
Vocabulary Connections: 6.2B, 6.2A, 6.2C
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