Reconnect with lost loved ones and discover the strength hidden within.
This resource is engaging and fun for the students, leading to better comprehension of the novel. Put yourself in the Gaither sister’s shoes and imagine how you would react when facing your long-lost mother. Make inferences based on what is described in the text. Explore the importance of names and why people may change them. Designate statements about the summer camp as true or false. Find the word that does not belong in a series and explain why it does not fit. Plan a meal to serve to your family that is both delicious and nutritious. Track instances of flashbacks and foreshadowing used throughout the novel. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, our worksheets incorporate a variety of scaffolding strategies along with additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key.
About the Novel:
One Crazy Summer follows the adventures of the Gaither sisters as they travel to Oakland, California in the summer of 1968. Hoping to reconnect with the mother who abandoned them, Delphine, Vonetta and Fern fly to a strange new town on the other side of the country from where they call home. Scared and alone, the sisters meet a reluctant and secretive woman they refer to as Cecile. While the two youngest try their hardest to win Cecile’s affection, Delphine falls into her role as de facto mother in order to take care of her sisters. In doing so, she is able to slowly chip away at Cecile’s hard exterior and peek inside her inner workings. During their summer stay, Cecile sends the girls to a day camp run by the Black Panthers group. While there, the Gaither sisters meet new people and make new friends. They learn about what the Black Panthers are trying to accomplish and all the good they do for the community. By the end of the summer, the Gaither sisters manage to reconnect with their mother and make lifelong friends.
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