Lesson 9


Explain the significance of the quote “we, like our seeds, were now planted in the garden” and who is responsible for the change.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman  — Curtis and Nora

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Read the quote from p. 65.

“We, like our seeds, were now planted in the garden.” 

Explain the significance of this statement. Who is responsible for this change? 

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Key Questions


  • What motivates Curtis to plant a garden? (Curtis)

  • How does working on the garden transform Curtis? (Curtis)

  • Mr. Myles is unable to communicate because of his stroke. How does the garden make him feel? How does he communicate his feelings about the garden with Nora? (Nora)

  • On p. 63, Nora says that the “small circle of earth became a second home to both of us.” What does this show about Nora’s point of view toward the garden? Why? (Nora)

  • The garden transformed from a solitary place into a community within minutes. What influenced the transformation? What does the transformation signify? (Nora)



entranced     (v.)

to fill with delight and wonder

haphazard     (adj.)

having no plan or direction

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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).

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

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