Daily Lessons for Teaching One Crazy Summer

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Lesson 1 (from “Cassius Clay Clouds” – “For the People” )


One Crazy Summer is a historical children’s novel by Rita Williams-Garcia. Set during the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California, the narrative follows the lives of the Gaither sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, as they visit with their mother who abandoned them some seven years before. This lesson introduces the class to the first chapter, “Cassius Clay Clouds.” Students will research author Rita Williams-Garcia and boxer Muhammad Ali, analyze the setting, and discuss the narrative style of the novel.


Research Activity: Conduct research on author Rita Williams-Garcia and the boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay). How many novels has Williams-Garcia written? What awards has One Crazy Summer won? When did Cassius Clay change his name to Muhammad Ali and why was this change significant?

Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read “Cassius Clay Clouds” and discuss the chapter. Why does...

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