One Crazy Summer


Basic info:

Published by Amistad (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) in 2010.   Written by Rita Williams-Garcia


Book Review:

One Crazy Summer is the story of three sisters as they travel to visit their estranged mother in Oakland, California and end up getting involved in a Black Panther summer camp in the 1960s. This story speaks to the diversity of the civil rights movement and the lives of those involved. It is recommended for middle-grade (late 4th-7th grade) readers who wish to get a more realistic sense of what it was like to live in the 1960s. It has received the John Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for Authors.


Resources:

This website contains a variety of lesson plans used by other teachers who have taught from this book. They could make for a good “jumping off” point when teaching this book.

This is a great discussion guide to further guide lesson planning and offers a variety of activity ideas as well.


 

 

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