Informational texts to accompany Paul Fleischman's Seedfolks
Author Paul Fleischman states, “Seedfolks uses 13 narrators to tell the story of the founding and first year of a community garden in an immigrant neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.” This is a touching and poignant novel, each chapter dedicated to a different narrator who tells the story of how a community garden project pulls the various residents into a true neighborhood. Cultures, ages, and experiences all collide, and then… a true community is formed. The CERCA Sets and Applied Lessons below cover topics including cultural perception and stereotypes, modern-day neighborhood/urban gardening, and even political leaders’ call for reform. My students engage with science connections in modern-day farming and with social studies connections in immigration. I call on my students to consider community service options in their own neighborhoods. The cross-curricular connections of ELA, science, and social studies, along with culture discussions about world languages, makes Seedfolks an excellent full class read.
Close Reading Lessons
- An Expert in Discrimination (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Earth Talk: Are Organic Foods Healthier than Conventional Foods? (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.4)
- Students Get Lessons in Character Building on Day Off from School (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
Applied Argumentative Writing Lessons
- Gardening Against Crime (Grade 3; CCSS.CCRA.R.6; CCSS.W.3.1)
- 7000 Ways to Say Hello (Grade 3; CCSS.RI.3.4; CCSS.W.3.1)
- Of Heritage and Horses (Grade 4; CCSS.RI.4.4; CCSS.W.4.1)
- School Gardens (Grade 4; CCSS.CCRA.R.6; CCSS.W.4.1)
- Look Up in the Air! Urban Vertical Farming (Grade 4; CCSS.CCRA.R.4; CCSS.W.4.1)
- Let’s Talk Language (Grade 5; CCSS.RI.5.4; CCSS.W.5.1)
- The Danger of a Single Story (Grade 6; CCSS.RI.6.4; CCSS.W.6.1)
- A Slippery Slope Toward Discrimination (Grade 7; CCSS.RI.7.4; CCSS.W.7.1)
- Who are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race (Grade 8; CCSS.RI.8.4; CCSS.W.8.1)
- I’m Black Enough (Grade 9; CCSS.RI.9-10.4; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Personal Identity: How is our identity shaped by how others perceive us?
- Cultural Perception: How is our identity defined by how others perceive us?