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One Crazy Summer
One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. When they arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with her, Cecile is nothing like they imagined. While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer. This moving, funny novel won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction and the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Readers who enjoy Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham will find much to love in One Crazy Summer. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern's story continues in P.S. Be Eleven. Supports the Common Core State Standards
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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia

This story takes place in 1968 and follows three sisters who travel to Oakland, California to meet their mother who abandoned them.
Awards won: Scott O‘Dell Award, Coretta Scott King Award
Purpose of Award: Goes to an author for meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults.
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
Date of publication: 2011
Genre: Historical fiction

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IamIamIam
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I really enjoyed this MG story about 3 sisters visiting the mother who walked away from them for one month in the summer of 1968. They travel from Brooklyn to Oakland & get introduced to the workings of the Black Panthers and how their mother came to be who she was. As a kid with an unusual upbringing, I felt the confusion these girls conveyed and what they brought to their unique situation!

Bookwormjillk I loved this series so much 5mo
IamIamIam @Bookwormjillk Oh wow, I didn't know it was a series!!! 👀 Thanks for the heads up!! 5mo
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We aren't always given the parents we need but we manage with the parents we have. Growing up with much the same personality as Delphine, I understand how hard it is to just be a kid. My kids seem so childish to me, at 10 and 13, but then I stop to remind myself that they're probably fine. I was the one raised in unusual circumstances. ❤️

TheBookHippie I did the same thing, for the same reason. I love this book, it's a favorite! 5mo
IamIamIam @TheBookHippie ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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1st Book 2022: I return to no excuses. There simply aren‘t any. It takes me awhile. That‘s it! That‘s the answer. Not the reading of the book. The selection of the book, yes…so many days pass by, still I remain undecided. Then once the choice is made, there continues to be an issue with the motivation to read the book. It was simpler here because the cover art drew attention, the interaction between the sisters commanded feelings of affection,👇🏽

Nute the responsibility of an eldest sibling to younger siblings was immediately familiar, the signs of the times in their educational perspective are lessons that just stay in your face no matter how many decades have passed…and then the curiosity about Celine and her motherhood and her essential nature was insanely magnetic, maddening and frustrating (almost incredible and unbelievable) all at once and then suddenly enlightening.👇🏽 (edited) 11mo
Nute It‘s children‘s literature from the point of view of a child so the very large issues (life in Oakland, California 1968, being black in America in the 60s, the Black Panther Movement, maternal abandonment, self-sacrifice & the greater good) are looked at through that lens which possibly leaves an adult reader wanting more grit, but that desire is still in good service of the book. It sends us other places in search of answers and information.👇🏽 (edited) 11mo
Nute As readers, we are often willing and content with that action.
Highly Recommended!
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megnews I absolutely love this series and will read anything by Ms Williams-Garcia. 11mo
RebL This book is one of my favorites too. 11mo
MaureenMc Phenomenal review! I love this series so much. 11mo
Suet624 I had stacked this already, but your wonderful review would have done it. 11mo
Bookzombie This is still on my TBR, but I would like to get to it this year. You‘re review is lovely! 11mo
Reggie You have no idea how big my smile is as I read this review. So lovely. Stacked. 11mo
batsy Lovely, thoughtful review! This book has been on my radar but I'll have to move it further up the TBR after reading your impressions of it. 11mo
TheBookHippie My favorite I give this to every teacher I work with !!! 10mo
TheBookHippie @Reggie oh you will love it!!! The whole series is just excellent ! 10mo
TheBookHippie @batsy you‘ll enjoy it!! 10mo
Nute @megnews @TheBookHippie You both along with this well-crafted first book have motivated me to read the entire series!🤗 10mo
Nute @RebL We are in good company!☺️ 10mo
megnews You won‘t regret it. Enjoy!! 10mo
Nute @MaureenMc Thank you!💕 I feel that I will reach the same conclusion once I have read the entire series. 10mo
Nute @Suet624 Thank you, Sue!💕 10mo
Nute @Bookzombie Thank you, Margie!💕 I hope to continue with the series a little later in the year. Many people are saying that the entire series is very good. 10mo
Nute @Reggie Thank you, Reggie!💕 How did the pen in the dryer situation turn out? 10mo
Nute @batsy Thank you, Subashini!💕 It seems that we are in for a wonderful reading experience with the entire series! 10mo
TheBookHippie Yay!!! Enjoy. It‘s such a wonderful series. 10mo
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This got recommended to me by my school‘s librarian, but it didn‘t really click with me. So many of the truly interesting plot points are merely brushed away because they seem inexplicable to the child narrator. The ending, for example, could have been so much more.

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ImperfectCJ
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This is a sweet middle-grade novel about identity and family, responsibility and belonging. It covers a period of time in Oakland that I know little about, and I found the perspective interesting. Sometimes authors have trouble keeping child characters acting consistent, age-wise, throughout a novel, but Williams-Garcia keeps each of the sisters distinct and consistent.

ImperfectCJ Not a theme read, nor is it scary, so counting 3 hours just for #bookspinbingo #LittenListen for 65 pts for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon 14mo
mandarchy I love this whole series! 13mo
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#litsysummercamp 😊 @ImperfectCJ
We are having a rare hot dry summer. Lots of heat advisories. I'm grateful though that we didn't get the smoke this year from all the fires. The last couple of years were unbreathable. It should get up to 90° today and stay close to 90° until the weekend and then maybe we'll go back to normal room-temp before Fall.

Blueberry Unfortunately fire season is still young in CA. 😕 1y
mandarchy @Blueberry I don't think there's a season in California anymore. It started burning so early. And then the fires in B.C. and eastern WA have been pretty bad. This year the smoke from all the fires is blowing east for once instead of hovering here. 1y
ImperfectCJ Nice to enjoy some pool time in the heat! 1y
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EatSleepRead Yeah we've had a hazy week in Iowa. All the smoke from Canadian fires I guess. 1y
mandarchy I spoke too soon. We got an air quality warning today. Oh well. Stay inside and read. 1y
KrisNelson Only 82 today! Didn‘t hear about air quality 1y
mandarchy @KrisNelson I use weather bug. It notified me to go inside. Today the weather is perfect. 1y
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KellyR
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This is a must read! This story is about three young girls who travel back to Oakland, California to meet their mom for the first time whom abandoned them. The father of the girls gave money for them to used on the trip however, the mom takes all of it and give them a daily allowance. The Mom was part of the Black Panther Club and she gets arrested and the girls are once again left on their own.

KellyR Genre: Historical Fiction
Coretta King Scott Award
IR: Independent Reading
This can be used to teach the meaning of family, community, and diverse backgrounds.
http://www.transfigurationla.org/uploads/3/9/1/4/39140875/grade_6_one_crazy_summ...
UDL: 3.2 Highlights patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships.
EL: Promote Cooperation in Small Groups
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PatriciaS I love this wonderful picture book 📖 great review and resources too adding to teaching vocabulary literacy skills comprehension through questions and answers, small groupings and independent reading assignments 2y
DrSpalding Again, if you select promote cooperation in small groups then the teaching strategy would most likely be guided reading or book clubs/literature circles. 2y
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This wonderfully illustrated HF, RA, children's literature from New York bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia, is a Newbery Award Winner, National Book Award Finalist for young people's literature, and Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Three sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, & Fern are sent to visit their mother in Oakland, California during the summer of 1968.
https://www.rif.org>book>one-crazy-summer, printables, class activities, & teacher resource.

PatriciaS https://www.bookrags.com>study guide for one crazy summer - summary and guide. 2y
PatriciaS https://www.teachersbooks.net>one crazy summer book 📖 resources and activities. 2y
PatriciaS UDL#1.2 Offer alternative for processing auditory information- writing activities, oral discussions, question and answer sessions, and writing activities to assess and address the needs of all students. 2y
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PatriciaS ESOL#16 Integrate speaking 🗣️ listening 🎧 and writing activities that are associated with read aloud activities such as discussion sessions, questions and answers, small groupings and independent reading assignments. 2y
DrSpalding Reading is fundamental is your best resource noted here. You have done a nice job of aligning your universal design and English learner strategies. 2y
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ztorres
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This H.F., National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Newberry Medal Honor, Scott O‘Dell Award for Historical Freedom, and New York Best Time Seller, One Crazy Summer, is such an extraordinary book to read on your own but most importantly to share with your students.
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ztorres The book is about 3 sisters who travel to Oakland, California in search of their mother who abandoned them. The girls not only go to see their mother, but they faced the movement of the Black Panther that happened during 1968. I would love to continue to share the story, but that would be spoiling it. Read it and add it to a must-have book to share during the Civil Rights lessons. 2y
ztorres UDL‘s strategies- Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity (7.2). Foster collaboration and community (8.3). Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation (9.1). 2y
ztorres ESOL Strategies- Encourage self-talk, link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge, focus on thinking skills; predict, categorize, classify, observe, and report (oral-written-pictorial), sequence, summarize. 2y
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ztorres Teaching strategy- S.R. Teachers can share and allowed for collaborative discussions in the classroom. Students can express what they learned or how the story impacted their lives. 2y
Bookwormjillk I loved this whole series. 2y
ztorres The perfect resource to use in the classroom because it provides background information of the actual historical event. Students can make the connection between the event and the fictional part the author created. 2y
Karissacurrier I have not heard of this story but I‘m definitely adding it to my list! The resource you included is great. I love that it provides information about the historical background included in the book. 2y
PatriciaS Wonderful children 💕 literature picture book 📚 great for teaching reading fluencies and vocabulary words and emotional content through this wonderful picture book story about family and...read it, I 💕 it. Great review and resources too, thanks 2y
DrSpalding This book has won so many awards that they can‘t fit on the cover. Shared reading for book clubs work well. 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
This summer I had to drive back and forth to New Hampshire only stopping once for gas. We listened to these books and loved them. There‘s a third in the series we‘ll listen to in 2021. #12Booksof2020

megnews I absolutely love this series and these sisters! 2y
Andrew65 Love the covers. 2y
MaureenMc This series is so wonderful! 2y
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JessicaO
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One Crazy Summer is a HF book written by Rita Williams-Garcia. This book won the Coretta Scott King, Newbery Medal, and Scott O'dell Award for Historical Fiction. This book tells the story of three sister named Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern. These sisters are traveling to California to visit their mother who abandoned them, Cecile. While attending summer camp, these girl learn so much about who they are, their history, and the world. #ucflae3414su20

JessicaO This book would be great to use in LCs or as an IR. In the lesson I linked below, students will answer important focus soon questions together in groups and then apply some of the life lesson taught in the book to their own person lives. UDL 3.2 to highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships and ESOL strategy #4 to link lesson to prior knowledge align perfectly with this book‘s lesson plan. 2y
DrSpalding This book has won so many awards! I am thrilled you chose to read this. Your universal design principle specifically highlighting relationships certainly works well with this title. Consider using this as a literature circle option to complement your social studies curriculum in fifth grade. 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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Last week I drove to New Hampshire (and back) with my kids. It‘s a long drive and we minimized stops due to COVID-19. So, a great audiobook was a must. One Crazy Summer and the sequel PS Be Eleven were perfect. We really loved the adventures of the three sisters. Highly recommend if you‘re looking for a good family audiobook.

mrp27 Sounds lovely! I'm just itching to get out of town, it's been so long since I've been outside the area I live in. Loved these books too. 2y
Bookwormjillk @mrp27 it was great- just hanging out with family taking long walks, swimming in the lake, and cooking together. I hope you can get away at some point too. 2y
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#integrateyourshelf @chasingom @Emilymdxn a man I have no idea how many books I've added to my mount TBR. I've read 4 non-fiction books that specifically deal with anti-racism, but have also read fiction that deals with these themes. I would say One Crazy Summer even though it's fiction had the biggest impact on me because she humanized these characters from history such as blank Panthers that were demonized by history told through a white lense.

Emilymdxn Fiction is so good for helping fill in gaps in perception! I haven‘t read that one but will stack it. 2y
ChasingOm Oh wow, that sounds great! 2y
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dbears1
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“One Crazy Summer” is a (HF) book, it was written Rita Williams-Garcia. It was the National Book Award finalist in 2010, and won Coretta Scott King Award in 2011, the Newbery Medal Honor in 2011 and the O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2011. With so many awards this is a must read (LC or RA) book!

dbears1 "One Crazy Summer” is a novel about three sisters spending the summer with their mother, however; it is not how they imagine it would be . Their mother sends them off to a summer camp for a new education. 2y
dbears1 UDL Principles- (2.1) Clarify vocabulary and symbols and Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships (3.2) ESOL Strategy-3. Encourage self-talk (positive thinking)
This is a great lesson plan to use with “One Crazy Summer “
https://teachlikeachampion.com/wp-content/uploads/1_One-Crazy-Summer_Lesson_Plan...
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nquintus Hey Delarious! I'm totally intrigued by your mysterious synopsis. Now I have to read One Crazy Summer! ;-) 2y
Viviannef I‘ve added this book to my collection of books I have to read after reading your post! Sounds like an amazing novel and has so many awards :) This is definitely one of those books that you can use in a history lesson. You‘ve picked a great UDL principle since this book may have some challenging vocabulary words for students, great job! 2y
DrSpalding I am so happy you chose to read this book. This is a high-quality example of historical fiction. This can be used as you noted as a read aloud or literature circle option. Use this to complement your social studies instruction in the intermediate grades. 2y
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My only disappointment was that I'm just now reading this book. Although I would consider it a middle-grades novel, I learned so much. For example, attached is a picture of Little Bobby Hutton, a 17-year-old black panther recruit who attempted to surrender to police in only his underwear, so they would see he did not have any weapons but was shot and killed anyway.

kspenmoll On my shelf- another must read!!! 2y
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In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
This one has been on my TBR too long!
#summer #boundtogetherjune

Butterfinger It is a great book. 2y
Eggs It‘s heartwarming and the sisters are so funny 😂 2y
JoScho @Butterfinger @eggs I need to move it up my TBR 🖤 2y
OriginalCyn620 Sounds great! 2y
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Soubhiville
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I bought this for my Little Free Library, but the cover was so cute I wanted to read it before it goes out there.

It‘s a fun story of 3 sisters who go to spend a summer with their mother, who left them when they were little. The way the girls talk to each other and interact is adorable, I loved them. The parental relationship is strange, but the community connection they find is special.

A good middle grade read.

TheBookHippie The whole series is excellent !! 2y
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This book is a HF novel about 3 sisters that travel to California to visit their mother during the Black Panther movement. The sister expect to have a fun-filled summer traveling, but quickly realized that was not at all what they imagined. One Crazy Summer has won many awards including the Scott O‘dell Award. This book would be great for a LC or RA. #UCFLAE3414SP20

charlotteclancy www.bookpagez.com has downloadable resources for teachers like discussion questions and vocabulary guides. UDL 3.2- Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. EL 15- Reinforce the key ideas you present again and again. This could be used every time you read the book. 3y
DrSpalding Late 3y
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amandar
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“One Crazy Summer”, historical fiction, is by Rita Williams-Garcia and has won both a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award. It can be used for lit circles or independent reading. This book is about 3 sisters from New York that have been raised by their father with no real idea about what their mother is like. This changes when they spend a summer with her in her home of Oakland, California in 1968. An important year for the Black Power Movement.

amandar Here, https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/one-crazy-summer , you can find different support materials that can be worked into the teaching of this book. UDL 3.1 and ESOL strategy 5 best apply as they focus on providing necessary background knowledge to students. #UCFLAE3414SP20 3y
HappyMaddy Such a great idea to integrate this story in social studies content. I really did enjoy this story & a great LC option for mature readers. 3y
victoriamaria I really wanna read this book. I used RIF for some of my books too. It‘s a great tool to use. 3y
DrSpalding This is a concise summary for a fabulous book! You are correct that this story certainly does teach about history while also enlightening the reader to family dynamics. 3y
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HappyMaddy
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Wow. This HF story about 3 sisters traveling to CA by themselves during the Black Panther Movement was insightful. A winner of many awards, most notably the Newberry Honor. I would encourage this book for a LC. Using rif.org I would incorporate the provided word searches & discussion extension activities. I would use the ESOL strategy 42 for support following the novel. #UCFLAE3414SP20

HappyMaddy The UDL strategy would be 7.1 for students to select a book of their interest for LC. Also 8.3 in their LC and 9.2 in their LC to be responsible for their role & contributions. 3y
DrSpalding Make sure your resource directly links to the book you read. This makes a wonderful literature circle option as noted. Social studies and literacy work hand-in-hand. 3y
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hadassajl
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This lovely HF, Coretta S. King Award winner follows the travels of three sisters during the summer of 1968 and how they reconnect with a distant family member. This book would be great for a RA. is a wonderful resource. UDL 5.1 which uses multiple media for communication works great because one can use pictures/video of the people mentioned in the book to help in visualization.

hadassajl EL 11, which is about placing language in meaningful contexts is helpful because the language of the book is reflective of the time period it‘s set in. #UCFLAE3414SP20 3y
juliap99 After hearing about this book in class and seeing your post, I really want to buy this and read it ! I hope to implement it into my classroom too! 3y
DrSpalding This is an excellent example of historical fiction that should be used as a read aloud or literature circle option in the intermediate grades. 3y
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Kyleigh_J
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This HF Scott O'Dell, Newberry, Coretta Scott King, and National Book Finalist is an amazing read. This book is about 3 sisters Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern who travel across the country to visit their estranged mother in Oakland California in the summer of 1968. They have high expectations for their mother, who they soon realize wants nothing to do with them. Through the highs and lows, the girls learn more about their mother and the past.

Kyleigh_J Their summer truly turns out to be quite the adventure, but not in the way they expected at all. This novel would be fantastic for a LC in the classroom. Reading is Fundamental has a great Discussion Guide for LC groups to use and the teacher to help facilitate. https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Support_Materials/One-Crazy-Summer-Discu... 3y
Kyleigh_J The extension activities in this resource fulfill UDL 3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge as students have the ability to research and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and the summer of 1968 in Oakland California. EL 6 Continually monitor students‘ comprehension will be satisfied by this resource as the teacher can facilitate and check-in with LC groups to gauge comprehension and fill in gaps when the group meets. #UCFLAE3414SP20 3y
DrSpalding This is historical fiction at its best. Reading is Fundamental is an excellent site to use when lesson planning regarding books. Use it often. Excellent connections to the universal design and English learner strategies. Your posts are of very high-quality. 3y
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ValeriaCastaneda23
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After hearing about this book in a Lit Circle I had to read it! In 2011 One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia won the Scott O‘Dell Award! This HF novel takes place in the late 60‘s and follows the journey of 3 daughters traveling across the country to spend time with their mother who abandoned them years prior. Will the daughter seek the love they desire or will crazy events unfold before them?

ValeriaCastaneda23 This novel is a great choice for a LC or even a IR since it covers touchy subjects and events! UDL 9.2 facilitate personal coping skills and strategies EL 4. Link lesson topic to students prior knowledge. This link provided a unit plan for this novel! https://www.matchfishtank.org/curriculum/english-language-arts/5th-grade-literat... #UCFLAE3414SP20 3y
DrSpalding This is an excellent book for literature circle or simply an independent read. This is a good book to integrate language arts and social studies concepts. 3y
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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is an HF and has won the John Newbery Medal as well as the Coretta Scott King Award for Authors. I read this book on Kindle and enjoyed it. It's a story of three young girls from New York going to visit their mother in California, whom they haven't seen or spoken to in years all while the Black Panther Movement is going on. #UCFLAE3414SP20

Agavitt1 I think this book is good for an IR and could also be used for RA, though I think I'd personally prefer it for IR. https://www.matchfishtank.org/curriculum/english-language-arts/5th-grade-literat... This source provides a lot of great ideas to use in the classroom for this book. It also provides informal sources like news articles during the Black Panther Movement, which students who read this may not be familiar with. 3y
Agavitt1 UDL Principle 3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge: Though some students may be familiar with this time era and what was occurring, a lot could not. Activate prior knowledge to those who are, and supplying background knowledge to those who are not. ESOL strategy 42. Have students use timelines to arrange and sequence important facts and information: This is useful for historical type of books for students to better understand the timeline. 3y
DrSpalding You have done a nice job of incorporating the appropriate genres and a variety of teaching strategies. What a helpful resource to include this book in a fifth grade classroom. 3y
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Ashley_B
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This HF novel has won multiple award; Coretta Scott King Award, National Book Award Finalist, Newbery Honor Award, and Scott O‘Dell Award for Historical Fiction. This amazing book is about three young sisters who travel across the country to stay with their mother whom moved away years prior, only to find out she wasn‘t very interested in mending their relationship. This would book would be good for a LA. #UCFLAE3414SP20

Ashley_B ESOL strategy 11 (Place language in meaningful context) & UDL 7.2 (Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity)

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780060760908/one-crazy-summer/

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DrSpalding Another excellent book for social studies integration. Expand on your use of this high-quality resource. 3y
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Madison_swart
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This great HF, Coretta Scott King award winner book would be a great LC read that follows the journey of 3 sisters as they fly across the country to meet their mom, but the mom isn‘t exactly excited to see them. UDL principal 9.3 which is develop self-assessment and reflection & EL strategy 32 which uses students pairs for team learning could be met with this book. https://www.harpercollins.com is a great resource for more. #UCFLAE3414sp20

Ashley_B I just bought this book and can‘t wait to read it! The mom isn‘t excited to see them?? That makes me a little sad. 😢 3y
DrSpalding Yes this is high-quality historical fiction and yes I would use this as a literature circle option to complement social studies instruction in fifth grade. 3y
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KarliCrean
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This HF, 4 award winning book; one of them being Newbery, would be a good read for a LC. This book informs the reader about the Black Panther era and is about three sisters traveling across the country to see their mom that left them when they were little. It gives insight about what life was like around that time period. #UCFLAE3414SP20

KarliCrean https://worksheets.edhelper.com/books/One_Crazy_Summer.htm the UDL principal 6.4 for monitoring progress along with EL 2 promote cooperation could be met with this book and website. Working together will allow EL students to put their minds together to try and remember what happened in the book. 3y
DrSpalding This is a multi award winner and a great example of the genre of historical fiction. Go straight to the publisher website for resources. They will be your best resources to effectively implement this book into your classroom. 3y
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Rachelleleduc
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We‘ve all had a crazy summer but nothing like these girls! This HF book with a multitude of awards, one being a Newbery, would be perfect for a LC. This story about 3 young girls who travel alone to visit their mother grips your heart and keeps you wanting more. Focuses on the black panther movement, civil rights and racial prejudice, things we all can learn more about. #UCFLAE3414SP20

Rachelleleduc https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/one-crazy-summer This website includes discussion questions and expression activities to better understand the novel. The UDL principle 9.3 - Develop self assessment and reflection- could work perfectly with this as students really understand and asses what they comprehended from this book. Also coincided with ESOL 6- as you continually monitor students‘ comprehension. (edited) 3y
KarliCrean I also read this book. I thought it was kind of slow and had to keep reminding myself that it was written for younger kids! I believe this book gives a good insight on what life was like back then when the black panthers era was around 3y
DrSpalding This is one of your best posts. Excellent resource, excellent elaboration of the principles and strategies and a simple but concise summary that reflects the text. 3y
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This is one of my favorite books! These sisters are devoted to each other, funny, endearing, plucky, and yet innocent and vulnerable. The summer they are sent across the country to visit their birth mom is a #memorable and transformative adventure!

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OriginalCyn620 Sounds good! 3y
mrp27 I loved this one too! 3y
Eggs It is a great read! @OriginalCyn620 @mrp27 3y
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“It was a strong wonderful feeling. To discover eyes upon you when you expected no one to notice you at all.”

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I think this book is great for children to read as a class as it will keep them on their toes about what will happen next!

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Historical fiction. This book tells the story of children placed in the setting of the early ABalck Panther Party. The author does a great job in using a story line about three young sister to portray a topic and moment in history that is rarely present in Children‘s books.

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“It was a strange, wonderful feeling..”

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This story would be perfect in the classroom to discuss African American history and the hardships they went through.

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“One Crazy Summer” was written by Rita Williams-Garcia in 2010. This is a remarkable historical fiction about what African Americans have faced over the course of history. It‘s truly an amazing story and I believe my classroom would enjoy this.

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“One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia is a great HF book that tells the story of three young sisters who venture across country in 1968 to find their mother who abandoned them years before. This Scott O‘Dell award winning book is packed with historical information for young readers to learn about, and overall, would make a great LC read. #UCFLAE3414F19

abbie-cadabbie The lesson plan I chose includes essential questions that relate to the historical events that occurred in the 1960s, comprehension questions, vocabulary, and other great things to pair with the book! https://www.matchfishtank.org/curriculum/english-language-arts/5th-grade-literat... 3y
abbie-cadabbie The UDL strategy I chose is to foster collaboration and community (8.3) due to the fact that I would have students read this in literature circles. The ESOL strategy I chose is to promote cooperation (2) 3y
DrSpalding This is quality historical fiction at its best. This book taught me a lot and would easily be something you could use in literature circles in your intermediate elementary classrooms to complement social studies instruction. 3y
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This HF, Newberry and Coretta Scott King award winning book written by Rita Williams-Garcia is about three young girls from Brooklyn who visit their mom in Oakland, California during the Black Panther Era. The girls spend most of their time in Oakland out of the house and exploring the area and learning about the Black Panther Party.
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Mwinship This book would be great for a LC. I found this discussion guide to give to students to prompt discussion during a LC: https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Support_Materials/One-Crazy-Summer-Discu...
The EL strategy 2 and UDL Guideline 8.3 about collaboration and promoting small groups align with this book and LC.
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DrSpalding Reading is fundamental is an excellent resource. 8.3 works beautifully with the teaching strategy of literature circles. 3y
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This HF book by Rita Williams-Garcia tells about these 3 sisters who moved from New York to Oakland, California for the summer to visit their mom, who abandoned them. The book, as you can see, won many awards: Scott O‘Dell, Newberry, Coretta Scott King, National Book, and New York Times Best Seller. #ucflae3414f19

maciforster This book should be used for either LC or IR. It is a chapter book so I think it would be better for students to take their own time to read and comprehend it. This is a portion of a lesson plan: https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Support_Materials/One-Crazy-Summer-Discu... I think using this will combine with UDL principle 8.3 and EL strategy #10 3y
DrSpalding This historical fiction title could be a very good independent read to support social studies or as we used it, a literature circle. Well done and excellent resource. 3y
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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a HF novel I would use for a LC. This book has won many awards, two of which being the Scott O‘Dell Award and the Newbery Honor. This books follows three sisters who are visiting their mother in Oakland, California who abandoned them when they were younger. This book is set in the summer of 1968. #UCFLAE3414F19

katiehamlin The ESOL strategy I would use for this novel is 6 (continually monitor students‘ comprehension). This would be good for this LC book because you can see how the student is interacting with their group and monitor their comprehension through that. The UDL principle I would use is 8.3 (foster collaboration and community). Since this would be a LC novel, students collaborate with each other in their groups to facilitate comprehension and activities. 3y
katiehamlin Here is a link to a website that has essential questions for this book that I would incorporate into the lesson plan for a class grades 3-8. matchfishtank.org/curriculum/english-language-arts/5th-grade-literature/one-crazy-summer/ 3y
DrSpalding This is historical fiction at its best. It would work quite well in fifth grade as your resource shows. Books like this can foster collaboration and community amongst a diverse population. I learned so much about the 1960s and Black Panther movement from this book. It would be a helpful book to complement social studies instruction. 3y
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This HF novel, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, makes for an amazing LC novel allowing for great discussions. It has won numerous awards, including the Scott O'Dell Award. It is about three sisters who travel to Oakland to spend their summer with their mother who had left them. They realize their mom is nothing they imagined her to be and their summer is not going to be spent at Disney but with the Black Panthers.

GroeningsC An activity to further discussion can be found here: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/videos/teaching-content/one-crazy-summer-boo.... This should be shown before beginning lit circles to promote interest in reading.
UDL principal 7.1 Optimize relevance, value and authenticity by showing this video and gaining interest.
EL 17 by showing the audio support before assigning the book. #UCFLAE3414F19
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DrSpalding This is historical fiction at its best Caroline! Scholastic, being the largest publisher of children‘s books, is a high-quality resource to turn to. Book trailers make for wonderful hooks! 3y
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One Crazy Summer is both heartbreaking and a funny tale about three girls who travel to California in 1968 to spend the summer with their mother who abandoned them. One Crazy Summer has multiple awards including the Scott O‘dell Award, Newberry Award, National Book Award, and Coretta Scott King Award. #ucflae3414f19

Erinehart This is a book I would suggest for an IR for 4th or 5th grade class. A UDL strategy that could be used with this is to activate or supply background knowledge. This created higher level thinking for the student. https://b0f646cfbd7462424f7a-f9758a43fb7c33cc8adda0fd36101899.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.co... is a good resource for both teachers and students. It could be a great guide before and after reading. (edited) 3y
Erinehart An ESOL strategy I would is #43: have students underline or highlight key words or important facts while reading. 3y
DrSpalding This is a multi award-winning book and should be used in the classroom. I am glad to see you have this as a pick! 3y
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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a multi award winning HF novel. This novel is great for any LC or IR This novel is about 3 sisters who are sent to spend the summer with their mother who left them. When they get to Oakland and their mom she is nothing like they thought she would be. The girls have to fend for themselves along with being caught up with the Black Panthers. Things do change for the good in the end. #UCFLAE3414F19

AleciaM UDL for this novel is 3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge. ESOL is #2 promote cooperation (small group). This is a great website that has the teachers guide to this book. https://b0f646cfbd7462424f7a-f9758a43fb7c33cc8adda0fd36101899.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.co... 3y
DrSpalding You truly know how to align your universal design and English learner strategies as well as find helpful resources to use these quality books in the classroom. 3y
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Picked this book off #MountTBR for the #DiverseMiddleGrade category of #Booked2019. It‘s a quick story about three sister and their month spent in Oakland with their unlikable mother and the Black Panthers (even though they really just wanted to go to Disneyland).

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BeansPage Great time sweetie! 3y
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Stephanie5 This book is a HF and I would read in a LC. This book won‘t let you put it down as soon as you start. It‘s about Delphine and her two sisters which travel to California to meet the mother they haven‘t seen since they were small but the black panthers are in the house and her name is now Inzilla instead of Cecile will they get to actually meet her or will Cecile keep avoid her daughters. #ucflae3414su19 3y
Stephanie5 UDL: 7.2 ESOL : 2 In order to do a literature circle for their understanding and comprehension. https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/one-crazy-summer 3y
Myiab Stephanie, great book choice! Seems like an interesting book! 3y
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DezireeLara It‘s hard to find a HF book that catches the eye for me and I think this one is great! I want to read it since I didn‘t get it for my LC. Love this review! 3y
Bwhitley222 Great UDL strategy. Very fitting for this book. Its important order to get students to see the relevance in their own lives and be interested in the content of the books they read. 3y
DawnS My teacher for the social studies class we need to take actually references this book too! I think a LC would be really interesting with the different roles for this book. 3y
DeannaP This sounds like a really good book! It looks like others agree! It has so many awards! Books you can‘t put down are the best! 3y
DMoux Book looks so interesting! Would love to use this as an LC one day in my class! 3y
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DrSpalding Excellent resource for an excellent book. Literature circles work well in your classroom. Use them! 3y
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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia is a HF Novel that takes you on a 1969 summer vacation of three “colored” girls during the time of the black lives matter civil rights movement. They are placed with their estranged mother who has a secret story all her own. The Author won the Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and Scott O‘Dell awards. This book is wonderful for 5th grade literature circles and cross concepts well with social studies.

Mary_Dehner Here is a link to a whole unit lesson for this book that is absolutely thorough. https://www.matchfishtank.org/curriculum/english-language-arts/5th-grade-literat... 3y
Mary_Dehner I would pair this lesson with ESL strategy #17 and UDL strategy 7.2 #UCFLAE3414SU19 (edited) 3y
DrSpalding Absolutely. This book should be used during a social studies unit. There are many books that can be integrated into other content areas. Keep thinking about this as you continue to read wonderful quality children‘s literature. 3y
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This is a HF book that won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2011 along with many others. I read this book for our LC, it‘s about three young girls who spent a summer in Oakfland, CA in 1968 where they spent most of their time with Black Panthers. It would be a good book for a PR, because this book offers great discussions. https://www.matchfishtank.org/curriculum/english-language-arts/5th-grade-literat...

Estradan is a great source I found that includes newspaper clippings during the 1960s of what the Black Panthers were doing during the same time this book was taking place(it talks about Freeing Huey just like in the book). This aligns with UDL 7.2 optimizing relevance and authenticity with what they are reading and relating it to the real world. ESOL strategy 10 of think, pair share can also help when students are PR. #ucflae3414su19 3y
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DrSpalding Your resource is not hyperlinked however it is a good one. Students could partner read or obviously this is a viable option for literature circles. 3y
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Written by Rita Williams-Garcia, this multi-award-winning (Coretta Scott King, Newbery Honor, Scott O‘Dell, and National Book Award Finalist) HF novel takes place in 1968 during the rise of the Black Panthers. Three sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, travel to Oakland, California to find their mother who abandoned them. What these sisters don‘t know is how crazy this summer will actually get. #ucflae3414su19

MeganKlein This novel would be perfect for a LC, and it would also be a great resource to use when teaching about the Civil Rights Movement that took place in the 1960s. ESOL strategy 36 (ask questions that require higher-order thinking) and UDL principle 3.2 will help facilitate thought-provoking discussions in a LC. 3y
MeganKlein https://www.matchfishtank.org/curriculum/english-language-arts/5th-grade-literat... This resource provides lesson plans, key questions, and aligning standards to this text. Teachers can use this resource to teach this novel to fifth graders. After finishing this book, I still had so many questions that I can‘t wait to discuss with my own LC in our class. I highly recommend this book! 3y
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Bshelton27 I overheard your groups discussion while we were at Barnes and Noble and 100% added this to my list of books I want to read. You guys all seemed so invested into the book which shows it truly captures the attention of readers! I like your resource and the key questions to dig into the context of the book. 3y
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One Crazy Summer (HF) by Rita Williams-Garcia - This is an AMAZING multi-award winning novel (Scott O‘dell, Newberry Honor, CSK, and National Book Award Finalist). Sisters Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are sent across the country to visit their mother for the first time in years. Although they are nervous, they end up having ‘one crazy summer‘ and are surprisingly sad when they have to go back home to their Pa.

alexialovesmith This amazing story is perfect for a LC or SR. I chose to read this book for courses LC assignment and was given such great ideas that I could one day incorporate in my own classroom. https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Support_Materials/One-Crazy-Summer-Discu... As you read the book with your students or before they break off into their LC, you can help guide discussions from the book via the attached link. 3y
alexialovesmith This book can idolize UDL3.3 by acting as a visual for what they are learning in their social studies class. ELS4 applies to this as well if read during the time of discussion of the civil rights movement. #ucflae3414su19 3y
megnews I love this series 3y
Princess-Kingofkings I read this book last year and enjoyed it. 3y
DrSpalding You are doing a nice job of aligning the universal design and English learner strategies. It really is fairly simple when you have quality books like this one! Social studies and literature work hand in hand. 3y
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