Lesson 2


Explain how the vacant lot sparks Kim’s and Ana’s memories of the past and if the memories are the same.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman  — Kim and Ana

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

How does the vacant lot spark Kim and Ana’s memories of the past? In what ways are their memories similar? Different? 

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Key Questions


  • What point of view is the chapter told from? How does the point of view influence what the reader knows about the characters and setting? (Kim)
  • Why does Kim decide to plant the lima beans? How does planting the beans push her to remember past memories? Are the memories positive or sad? (Kim)
  • Ana spends a lot of time staring out her window. How has the neighborhood changed since Ana first moved in? How does Ana feel about the changes? (Ana)
  • What assumption does Ana make when she sees Kim in the garden? Why? Were her assumptions correct? (Ana)
  • In what ways did Kim’s actions influence Ana? (Ana)



vow     (n.)

to make a serious promise to do something

thrive     (v.)

to flourish or succeed

abandoned     (adj.)

to leave without protection or care

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Common Core Standards

  • L.5.1.a — Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.

  • 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).

  • RL.5.6 — Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

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