Kris Peterson, Literacy Specialist, School District of New Berlin
Author Paul Fleischman states, “Seedfolks uses 13 narrators to tell the story of the founding and first year of a community garden in an immigrant neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.”
This is a touching and poignant novel, each chapter dedicated to a different narrator who tells the story of how a community garden project pulls the various residents into a true neighborhood. Cultures, ages, and experiences all collide, and then… a true community is formed.
The CERCA Sets and Applied Lessons below cover topics including cultural perception and stereotypes, modern-day neighborhood/urban gardening, and even political leaders’ call for reform. My students engage with science connections in modern-day farming and with social studies connections in immigration. I call on my students to consider community service options in their own neighborhoods. The cross-curricular connections of ELA, science, and social studies, along with culture discussions about world languages, makes Seedfolks an excellent full class read.