Lesson 4


Compare and contrast how the garden influences Leona with how others are influenced by the garden. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman  — Leona

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Compare and contrast how the garden influences Leona versus how the others are influenced by the garden. 

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Key Questions


  • How does the vacant lot spark Leona’s memories of the past? Why? 
  • Close read the paragraph on p. 25. How does Leona describe the vacant lot? How does her point of view influence the way that the setting is described? 
  • Leona said that she had to make herself real to’em. Why? What happened when she wasn’t “real”? 
  • On p. 28, the author puts the word definitely in italics. Why? What does this word signify? 
  • How do Leona’s actions influence the plot of the story? What do you predict will happen next? Why?

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Common Core Standards

  • L.5.1 — Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • 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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