Lesson 12


Determine a theme for a story and explain how the characters’ actions support the development of theme, by using key details and character actions to describe key themes in a text. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman  — Florence

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What themes are present in Seedfolks? How do the characters’ actions support the development of the themes? 

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Key Questions


  • Florence describes the people who started the Gibb Street garden as “seedfolks.” Why? 

  • Even though Florence was unable to garden, she became deeply connected to the garden. Explain how and why. 

  • How did the changing seasons influence the garden? The community? 

  • Even though Florence didn’t recognize the girl planting lima beans, it made her feel alive. What does the girl represent? Why is she important to the garden and the community? 

  • Why does the author end with Florence’s point of view? 



protective     (adj.)

to keep someone or something safe from harm

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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).

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