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Activity Overview


Having students choose a favorite quote or scene from the book allows them to express which parts of the story resonated with them on a personal level. In this way, students are making a text-to-self connection that demonstrates their understanding of the characters and their development or the themes of the novel. Students can share their storyboards afterwards and have a short discussion about what the quotes mean to them.

Some students may end up choosing the same quote, but have different perspectives. This is always interesting for students to see and can open up a discussion as to how not everyone can read the same lines in the same way based on their own perspectives and personal experiences.


Examples of Quotes from One Crazy Summer

"A large white woman came and stood before us, clapping her hands like we were on display at the Bronx Zoo."


"Vonetta had gone over Miss Patty Cake with the black Magic Marker, leaving pink lips and pink rouge circles peeking out on a once-white face."


"The Mike Douglas Show wasn't the only place to find [Black] people on television. Each week, Jet magazine pointed out all the shows with [Black] people. My sisters and I became expert [counters]. We had it down to a science."


"It hadn't occurred to me that Cecile didn't own a hot comb or curling iron, even though that fact was as big and thick as her unpressed braids. She'd said, "Naughty? Your hair ain't naughty. It ain't misbehavin. It's doing what God meant it to do."


"I birthed a black nation. From my womb black creation."


"Like Huey said, 'We should all carry the weight, and those who have extreme abilities will have to carry extremely heavy loads."


Sister Mukumbu announced, "Today we're going to be like the earth, spinning around and affecting many. Today we're going to think about our part in the revolution."


Mrs. Woods said, "We know the same things. We have to stick together."


"Be eleven, Delphine. Be eleven while you can."



Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies your favorite quote or scene in One Crazy Summer. Illustrate your quote and write what it means to you.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose a favorite quote or scene from One Crazy Summer.
  3. Create an image that represents this quote using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  4. In the description box, write the quote and at least one sentence about what this quote means to you.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Quote, Illustration, 1-2 sentences about what it means to you.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

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