Hand out small packets of seeds for the students to plant at the beginning of the unit. Plant the seeds in small Styrofoam cups or egg cartons. Give students the responsibility of watering the seeds and monitoring their growth. At the end of the unit, have students write a short report about the experience of growing their own crop. How did it compare to Rawlings's experience?
The memoir gives the reader many physical descriptions of Cross Creek, Florida and its surrounding areas. Using the descriptions in the text, create an in depth map for this landscape, including points where major events in the memoir took place.
Do some research about typical farm life in the South in today's society. How does farm life today compare to farm life in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's day? How might Rawlings's life on the farm have been different if...
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