A Garden in Lawndale

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We are all capable of changing the world for the better; all it takes is a spark. Read about a group of seventh grade students in Chicago, IL who took it upon themselves to improve their community by turning a vacant lot into a garden. After finishing the passage, learners are asked to identify the main idea and supporting details in order to write a brief summary. Use this resource as an inspiration for undertaking a community service project with your own class.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • Reading level of the text is appropriate for third grade and above
  • Offers suggestions that support learners with writing a summary

  • Requires additional scaffolding to support all students with writing summaries