Lesson 11


Analyze if the narrators in Seedfolks would agree or disagree with the idea that people with different cultural identities can come together to form a strong community.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman  — Amir

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Read the statement below. 

People with different cultural identities can come together to form a strong community. 

Would the narrators in Seedfolks agree or disagree with this statement? Explain. 

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Key Questions


  • What memories does the garden spark for Amir? Are they positive or sad memories? 

  • Close read the following sentences from the chapter. 

    • “But the garden’s greatest benefit, I feel, was not relief to the eyes, but to make the eyes see our neighbors.” (p. 74) 
    • “How happy they seemed to have found this excuse, to let their natural friendliness out.” (p. 75) 
    • “There you felt part of a community.” (p. 76) 
    • “How very strange it was to watch people who would have crossed the striate if they’d seen him coming a few weeks before, now give him vegetables, more than he could eat.” (p. 78) 
    • “’Back then, I didn’t know it was you…’” (p. 81) 

    What do these details show about how the community has evolved? What lesson did the gardeners learn?



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Common Core Standards

  • RL.5.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

  • 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).

Spiral Standards