Lesson 7


Describe how the garden was a both a positive and negative experience for Virgil and his father. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman  — Virgil

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

In what ways was the garden both a positive and negative experience for Virgil and his father? 

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Key Questions


  • When the narrator says that his father had a “two-foot-wide smile on his face,” what does it show about his father’s point of view toward the garden? What were his father’s intentions? (Virgil)

  • What lie did Virgil’s dad tell? Why did he tell it? Should he have lied? Defend why or why not. (Virgil)

  • What happened when the lettuce grew? How did Virgil and his father respond? Did they have the same response? Why or why not? (Virgil)



coincidence     (n.)

when events happen at the same time that are not planned or expected

wilt     (v.)

to be weak and tired because of hot weather

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Common Core Standards

  • 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